One of my favorite expressions is “see through rose-colored glasses.” There are many forms of the saying, but at its heart it means viewing a situation or life in an optimistic or cheery way. Sure, you can’t be optmistic about everything — you have to be realistic to some degree. But life is so much more enjoyable if you look at things through a rosy perspective. Here’s how I put on my rose-tinted glasses:
- Put it into perspective: The worst part of my day is usually my commute home from work. But as much as I complain about it, I’m doing pretty well if that’s the worst part of any day. Take those things that bring you down and put them into perspective. A lot of times you’ll realize that life isn’t so rough.
- Have your cake — and eat it too: Let yourself enjoy life. Treat yourself to something special every once in awhile. Have a “me day” every now and then. Do things that make you happy, whether it’s taking a walk, enjoying a coffee at an outdoor cafe, or frequenting the local flea market.
- Cherish the little things: Take note of those positive little things that are easy to overlook. Whether it’s a pretty sunset, a perfectly iced cupcake, or receiving a nice card in the mail. Enjoying these little moments will add so much positivity to your life.
- Choose your friends wisely: Only surround yourself with friends who support you — and who you can support as well. Your friends should be positive people who make you happier, smarter, and more well-rounded in general. You should be able to laugh and cry with your friends (and cry from laughing so hard).
- Have something to look forward to: Give yourself something to look forward to. Don’t live in the future, but mark special days in your calendar and count down to them. Make an occasion of special days and events.
- Make the mundane special: Write with a pretty-colored pen, make a new mixed CD to listen to in the car, get a new sweet-smelling soap for the bath, drink your milk out of a champagne glass, make your computer background a photo you love. Do whatever you can to make “normal” a little more special.
Do you try to live life wearing rose-colored glasses?