If you’re going to have a rule for happiness, make it this: “Nothing has to happen for me to feel good! I feel good because I’m alive! Life is a gift, and I revel in it.” Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most people are as happy as they decide to be.” The story of his life and the stories of other people who have triumphed over tragedies are important reminders that we are in control.

Adopt this rule and decide to raise you standards for the one thing over which you have complete control – yourself. It means you’ve committed to being intelligent, flexible, and creative enough to consistently find a way to look at your life in a fashion that makes any experience enriching.
(Lesson #260 from Giant Steps by Anthony Robbins)

Ed Tseng failed out of college – twice!
Bob Ryland lived through segregation.
Rayna Dubose had all four limbs amputated.
Jennie Murphy is legally blind.

These people are all optimistic. You can turn any negative situation into a positive one. But unfortunately, it works both ways.

Thanks for reading.

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