Sometimes in life, it seems as though no matter how hard you try to get things to go the way that you want them to, nothing seems to go your way. You study hard for an important exam, but you still end up failing. You work all month on creating the perfect pitch to give to your boss, and she still doesn’t like it. You’ve done everything that the doctor has been instructing you to do in order to improve your health, but you still feel just as miserable and sickly as you did before you went to see your doctor. You bend over forwards and backwards and jump through scorching fire-lit hoops in order to show your boyfriend or girlfriend that you care about them, but he or she is still unfeeling and uncaring towards you.

Setback, after setback, after setback can often times lead you to feel a great sense of hopelessness. You hit a point in your life where you think to yourself, “What’s the point in even trying anymore if things never seem to go my way in the first place.” Positive thinker, if you ever find yourself thinking something like this then try putting whatever it is that is giving you so much strife on to the back burner, even if you only do it for just an hour or two.

Why not try reading book number two in that riveting new series that you just started. Maybe try pulling out your laptop and watching your favorite sitcom on Hulu, or why not log on to your Netflix account and re-watch your favorite movie. If you have time why don’t you call up a friend just to say hey or go out and participate in your favorite recreational activity, whether it be hanging out with friends, going to a theme park, hitting the club, or grabbing a few drinks at a local bar. Whatever your pleasure may be, just get out and do it when you need a break from the stressors of life because it will make a world of difference when you finally have to focus back on the things that were troubling you.

Keep in mind that every now and again, all it takes is a little break from a difficult reality to give you the energy and the confidence that you need to jump back into that task feeling like you can take on anything. That small respite may be just what you need to come up with some creative solutions to your problems.

And if engaging in some “me time” doesn’t seem like something that you would like to do then maybe try an activity that will end up doing some good for somebody else. If this idea seems like something that you would fancy doing, but you think that you don’t have enough time to do it, I would like to once again emphasize that if you don’t have a lot of spare time, your good deed doesn’t have to be something big and time consuming. Not everyone has the time to help build a house for a family in need, and not everybody can drop everything that their doing to go and clean up their local beach, but even the smallest helpful gesture can end up bringing some much needed good into the world.

If you find yourself pressed for time, try posting an inspirational quote on your favorite social media platform. Those few words that string together to create a moving message may just be what someone else needs to make it through the rest of a wearisome day. You could also send out a text message to your best friend telling him or her how much he or she means to you. Those kind words just might be the boost that gets your friend to the end of the work week. Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, so why not let that friendly hand come from you?

Positive thinker, when you’re feeling down I encourage you to try and be that ray of sunshine that other people needs in their life.

And if bringing joy to someone else isn’t a good enough reason to lend a helping, try this next explanation on for size. Studies show that if you help others, you can end up feeling happier than you did before you lent that helping hand!

The next time you find yourself feeling down and out positive thinker, try being that beacon of hope that ushers in a little light into a world that seems to be plagued by so much darkness. Not only will you do some good for somebody else, but you’ll also end up doing some good for yourself!

Remember positive thinker: “the best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” –President Barack Obama

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