Did you know that there is a little American town that experiences 7-10 consecutive weeks without any sun? That’s right, once a year, from November to January, all of the residents of Barrow, Alaska are cast into what is essentially months of nothing but darkness. When the inhabitants of Barrow look outside a window at 10:00 in the morning it looks exactly how it does at 10:00 at night. As the residents go about their day to day lives, they must walk around and handle their business under the never ending night sky. All of the activities and chores that the rest of the world is used to doing in the daylight, these people must accomplish with only artificial light because they do not have the sun to rely on.

Do you think you could do it?

It would probably be difficult for you if this wasn’t an environment that you grew up in. I mean think about it, even if perpetual darkness for two months straight isn’t a reality for you, I’m sure that you live somewhere where you may end up going days or even a couple of weeks without seeing any sunshine. If going those few weeks without sun is difficult, then going months without it would be even more difficult.

So you may not experience months of darkness (unless you live in Barrow), but I wouldn’t be surprised if you found yourself dreaming of the sun-filled skies of destinations like Los Angeles during those gloomy days that you’re bound to experience. Days and days of nothing but cloudy skies can start to make even a sun-bashing person want to pack up his or her bags and head for warmer land. Living in some place like London or Portland in the middle of the winter may leave you wishing and praying for even the smallest sliver of sunshine, but unfortunately for you, you have no control over the situation. Just because you wish, hope, and pray for a bright and sunny day doesn’t mean you’re going to get it. There is nothing you can do to make warmer weather appear because you have no control over the weather, but luckily for you, you do have control over a different kind of sunshine.

Positive thinker you may not have control over the weather, but you do have control over positive rays of sunshine that you can bring into your life. Because your life is controlled by you, you can allow for sunshine to enter into your life if you want it to. We don’t have to wait around for someone else to create sunshine for us because we can bring about our own sunshine, in the form of happiness and positivity, into our lives whenever we want to.

Positive thinker, if you ever find yourself asking, “What happened to all of the sunshine in my life,” then it may be time for you to start bringing in your own sunshine.

If you find yourself in a rut where you seem to be experiencing nothing but gloominess then try doing something that is guaranteed to bring you some extra happiness.

If you know you always feel brighter after going on a nature run then cut some hours out of your week to go on that run.

If going out to see the latest Avengers movie will add a little sunshine into your life then go and do it.

If calling up your best friend and talking on the phone to her for hours will take away some of the gloom then pull out your cell phone and give her a call.

It’s never too late for you to add in some extra sunshine either. If you go for months in darkness, just like the residents of Barrow do, it may seem like you will never be able to see the light again, but that doesn’t have to be true. Even after living in perpetual darkness for months on end, the residents of Barrow experience light again and you can too. Just because you may have some darkness in your life, don’t give up on the hope of seeing the light again.

Positive thinker, you shouldn’t have to walk through life without any sunshine, so next time you notice that you have a little bit too much gloom hanging around you, make the decision to cast away the darkness and let some light shine through!

Remember positive thinker, “some days you just have to create your own sunshine.”

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