“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we took so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened up for us.” Helen Keller

You didn’t get the job you thought was in the bag. Your ex got the kids on Halloween–your favorite night to spend with the family. You stepped on the scale only to see a spike in pounds.

These are the downers in life that can irk you ’til no end, leaving you wallowing in self pity, skeptical of the world and irritated by positive people. 

Life seems to be crumbling, but trust me on this: There’s a silver lining to every cloud. Find the positives for every negative. 

When you don’t get the job, keep your head up. Look around some more. Chances are you’ll find  bigger and better opportunities. It won’t be clear to you right away, so be patient. Take action where you can and let the flow of the universe guide the rest.

Kid-less on Halloween? Look at the bright side. This is your first opp in a while to have an spooky party with just adults. Heck, stay up past midnight for once. Gather some grownups and spike the punch. 😉 It won’t be the same as chasing the little gremlins from house to house, but it will be fun experiencing a different side to the bewitching night.

Everyone fears gaining a few pounds. But this could be a wake-up call. You’re not paying enough attention to yourself and your own habits and well being lately. Start loving yourself and caring for your body. A few miles of walking or jogging will help you shed the added weight, but it will also get your lungs clearer and your mind off recent downers. While getting your body in shape, you’re engaging a therapy of sorts. Consider this the beginning of a new, independent you–body and soul.

You’re responsible for your own happiness. Don’t let others determine your positive attitude. Look for the best in others and daily life. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling chipper and inspiring to others relax on the cynicism.