Apparently today is the most depressing day of the year - it's a Monday, it's cold, the days are almost at their shortest, Christmas has gone (except for the bills), and your New Year's resolutions have already been broken.
But it's only depressing if you think it is!
You could have a different viewpoint: Christmas is out of the way, it's the start of a new year, Spring is on its way, the days are getting longer, it's a cheap month with no Christmas, and it's nice to eat some chocolate and have a drink.
We've all heard the old cliché about the glass being half empty or half full (and maybe the other versions like the engineer saying the glass is twice as large as it needs to be, and the other person who says "Who's drunk half my pint?" but the point is that this cliché really does apply to all sorts of situations every day.
Here are some examples:
2 ways to see things.
The people who you mix with - are they better paid, more successful, bigger house than you?
Trying to help someone else, and giving them advice
Putting on a concert of music that's half jazz and half reggae
Trying out homeopathy when I don't really believe in it:
give your team the motivation list and say "mark me out of 10 for these" and then you could see if you are right!
so there you are - see if you can think of a positive interpretation, particularly when you find yourself thinking "either way I'm stuffed"
onwards and upwards
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