If you are having a really bad day today, and you feel sad, angry, anxious or any other negative feeling, the avoid doing the following 3 unhelpful things.
1. Watching The News
There are many (happy) people who avoid the news every day, and they have good reason to do that. The news is is a one-sided version of life.
You only see the bad that happens in the world and it tilts your vision of the world to a slightly (or sometimes seriously) negative view. People who watch the news consistently tend to have a very pessimistic view on life.
The news can make the world seem like a hopeless place. It does not focus on all the good things that are happening in the world during the day.
Imagine if you were able to look past the negative view we are presented with and see the millions of good deeds, happy moments, and smiling faces that occurred today. Chances are you would start to feel pretty good about the world and the people around you. Unfortunately, you can’t because there is no TV show designed to show you all the good things that have happened in the world. (Just know that good is happening everywhere!)
An optimistic can look at the news and see it for what it really is. However, when you are feeling sad, angry, or depressed, there is no amount of optimism that will help you see past the anger, violence and misery that the news portrays.
Bottom line: Watching the news on a daily when you feel negative is not going to help you break out of the funk you are in and be happy. Therefore, avoid the news and fill that time with a walk, a conversation with a loved one, or anything else that makes you feel good
2. Giving Up For The Day
When you feel negative, the best thing you can do is take action to help you come out of that funk. This works both as distraction and inspiration.
For example, if you are feeling like you have been failing at losing weight, then it can become very easy to lay down on the couch and eat a couple bags of Doritos. Who cares right? But doing that will only make you feel worse. Instead, take action on your weight loss and exercise or eat healthy for the day. Just a small action will help you feel better about yourself instantly.
This works for everything. If you feel negative towards your relationship, then do something to make sure relationship feel better. If you feel negative towards your career, then do something that makes you feel better about your career. You will be amazed at how quickly your view about the situation shifts.
3. Avoid All Things Funny
It has been shown that putting on a smile, even when you don’t feel like smiling, can make you feel better. When you avoid all things funny because you don’t feel like laughing, then you are denying yourself the ability to feel better for the day.
If you can’t even force a smile, then try watching other people smile. For instance, type in ‘laughing baby’ into Google, then watch the videos the top of the results. It is almost impossible not to laugh when you see a baby laughing. It is contagious. And once you start laughing, you will start feeling better.
This is likely why all baby, animal or human, videos are so popular. It is hard not to smile when you see the innocence in their eyes and watch them interact with the world in a loving, compassionate and happy way.
I dare you to watch the whole video and NOT feel better
In the end, you can bring yourself out of a negative funk if you want to, but if you watch the news, give up for the day, or avoid all things funny, then you will be doing yourself a disservice and make it much harder to pull yourself out of the negative mood and feel good again.