How about something positive to brighten your day? Enter Gallup’s recent report on happiness :
The report’s key takeaway? Despite all of the negative things we read, see and hear in the news, the world isn’t doing that badly. More than 70% of the world said they smiled or laughed a lot the previous day. Only seven countries had less than a majority of people say the same (including Ukraine, Iraq and Syria). So, while we hear so much about the things that aren’t going well, 70% of the world is still finding a way to have fun.
Didn’t that make you feel good?
Times get tough. Money is sometimes tight, the news isn’t always full of promising statistics and expectations, and technology can sometimes add stress that seems exhausting. However, the fact that 70% of the world is finding a way to smile through it all gives me hope.
Laughter really is the best medicine. I’m admittedly not always great at laughing off stress and appreciating every minute of life, but I’m working on it.
Life’s too short to let the struggles overtake the smiles.
Jedediah Bila is a television host and commentator, author, and columnist. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.