15 In Mental Health/ Wellbeing

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life


Sometimes it’s really hard to see the bright side of life, especially when it feels like the whole frickin’ world is against you.

I think we’ve all had those days, weeks, months (and even hours) where it feels like we are swimming against the grain, or as I like to say, pushing shit up a hill. When good old Murphy and his laws are fully in effect, and we’re tossing up whether whatever is happening is going to happen in three’s…or more.

In the times you feel like you are down for the count, this is when it is especially important to open up your eyes to see the brighter side of life. To take in all of the beauty and the joy around you. The little baby looking up in awe at the strange world around them. The pregnant woman, who in all her glory, emits a sense of strength and pride. It all comes down to personal choice – that is, whether we CHOOSE to see the bad or the good stuff. It is in these times where we need to choose to open our eyes and see the world with a new filter – a positive filter.

Look around

What do you see right now?

Open yourself up to your surroundings.

The trees, as their shapes and colours change throughout the seasons, the old man who revels at the sight of his grandchildren as they grow and explore the world, the brilliance of an evening sunset as you drive home from work, the feeling of warmth that encompasses your entire body as you connect with someone during a hug, or the sight of your Grandad holding your Gran’s hand tenderly as they walk through the crowded shopping centre, after 50 years of marriage.

It is when you allow yourself to be caught up in the moment that the beauty around you reveals itself and everything else fades away. It is in those moments when stress and anxiety slip away and you live and experience life fully.

The elderly woman who glows whilst sharing memories of her husband. The puppy who takes pleasure in tormenting it’s older companion. The teenage boy who shows such pride over his ‘new’ car, purchased with his own savings. Or the stars…the stars that surprise you on a weekend getaway…yes, they are still there in all of their glory.

Life is beautiful, precious, and bright for those who choose to open their eyes to see and experience it. It’s your choice.


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  • Cath
    June 1, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Loved this post Janine! Sometimes it is hard to look on the bright side but eventually I make it back there. Thanks for the Monty Python clip. That always cheers me up…

    So today I have my positive filter in place. 🙂

    • Janine Ripper
      June 3, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      You’re most welcome Cathy. Glad you enjoyed it. I tell you it’s hard isn’t it. I didn’t have a positive filter over the weekend but turned it on on Monday 🙂

  • Rose Ketring
    June 2, 2015 at 4:58 am

    I find that when I do actively seek out the small moments in life that I am not as stressed anymore. I smile more often and try to create joy in other people’s lives.

    • Janine Ripper
      June 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      It’s such an eye opener isn’t it, but so great to experience when you do stop and take in all of the small moments!

  • Tina
    June 2, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    That clip of Monty Python is too good. nice post here Janine

    Tina from The Sunny Side of Life

    • Janine Ripper
      June 3, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks Tina. Glad you liked it!

  • Sushree Dash
    June 2, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Awesome write up. It’s so true that yes they are all there in their glory we just need to open our eyes. I guess I would do it more now 🙂

    • Janine Ripper
      June 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      We can only try, every day! I guess that’s why I like mindfulness so much – it always helps me to bring my mind back to the moment and to what is happening around me.

  • Esha M Dutta
    June 2, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Lovely post Janine 🙂 I loved the notion of the ‘positive filter’ that can turn our perspective to seek out the brighter side of life!

    • Janine Ripper
      June 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for swinging by, reading and commenting!

  • Francene Stanley
    June 2, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    How right you are. At the moment, I’m upset because someone close to me is imposing their bad mood on me. But I can choose to look another way.

    • Janine Ripper
      June 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Very true, but it takes a lot of work sometimes! I was like that last week because someone was annoying me and I allowed them to ruin my whole week!

  • Parul
    June 3, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Great post and so inspiring!

  • Ajay Pai
    June 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    One needs to constantly strive to keep the optimism live. However, once masters the art, it soothes you of every turn-off’s

    • Janine Ripper
      June 8, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Very true, indeed. Thanks for stopping by Ajay!

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