The Weinblog’s one-step guide to cheering yourself up.

Life is a roller coaster. It’s full of ups and downs.

But everyone knows that. Barring some unforeseen tragedy *knock on wood*, we are all going to live for a pretty long time. Most of that time our lives will be ordinary. But some days will be great. And some will be flat-out terrible.

It’s really, really easy to feel sorry for yourself. I can think of about 10 things right now about my life that could potentially bum me out, if I wanted to. Every one can. Find me someone who is happy with every facet of their life, and I’ll show you how to enter Platform 9 and 3/4 and Happinessboard the Hogwarts Express.

It’s the good days in life when we appreciate all that we have, and when we’re ecstatic to be alive. Ecstatic.

The bad days? We forget all that good stuff.

Well I urge you to remember. Even on the bad days.

Bear in mind, if you’re going through some type of tragedy, like a death in the family, or you just got fired, or arrested, then you have every right to be miserable. But on the days when something not all that significant is plaguing you, then these are the times when you, and only you, have the ability to cheer yourself up.

So if you’re feeling sad, upset, unhappy, bitter, melancholy, jealous, lovesick, somber, despondent, sorrowful, grief-stricken, woebegone, dejected, blue, heartbroken, agitated, confused, distressed, tormented or troubled, then remember this: you’re feeling these things because you are human.

Feeling. Passion. Emotion.

These are human beings’ greatest triumph … and tragedy.

It’s what separates us from primates. It what makes us the unique beings that we are. The ability to feel. 

To be able to care about some one, or something so much, that when you lose it, it hurts to no end … that’s what life is worth living for. Once you realize that, it’s very easy to get yourself back on track and focus on what to do next.

Without feeling, we are nothing. We’re subhuman. An empty shell.

If you’re wondering, I am not on any type of hallucinogen right now. This is something that I’ve told myself over the years, and it never fails to make me feel better.

Sad things only exist because you react to them sadly. And how we react to things is what defines our mood. And I don’t expect you never be sad. That’s unrealistic. But when it overcomes you, that’s when you really need to start thinking more positively. So I challenge you, for the time being, to react positively to everything. The best that you can, at least. I know it’s not easy.

And if you do slip, and find yourself feeling upset, then remember this:

I’d rather feel upset, then not feel at all.

…Or you could just listen to the Pharrell song.

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