Abby McHenry

It seems that our lives are always busy. When talking to people about how our day or week is going, many of us start by talking about all the tasks that need to be completed.

It is rare to hear someone say they are so excited to study for upcoming tests, attend three different meetings in one night, go to their job, go to the gym, and find some time to eat and sleep between all that. It is also expected to take time to talk with friends and family and some time to yourself.

A quote that helps me to see the positive side of everyday situations comes from my favorite book and film series, Harry Potter.

In the third film, Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, talks to the students about some serious upcoming events. He then gives the students some beneficial advice.

“Happiness can be found even in the
darkest of times, if one only remembers to
turn on the light,” Dumbledore said.

This quote is an excellent reminder that even when it seems like we are too stressed, sad, or upset, there is always something positive in everyday.

We have the option to see things in a positive light.

Some weeks, I feel like there is something every hour, and I’m not sure how I will get it all done.

Stress builds up in my mind and causes me to make up crazy scenarios of what could go wrong.

Indeed, at times there will be trials and tribulations, some of which we cannot control.

We must move past them and see that there are other more positive things we can occupy our minds with.

It is important to remember how blessed we are to have a roof over our heads, food to eat and water to drink.

There are other little things in each day we can think about to improve our attitudes.

It could be something as simple as someone saying hi to you or complimenting your outfit.

Even when it seems like a terrible day and nothing goes your way.

I think it is important to list at least a few things that went well.

This quote is really helpful in any stage of life because everyone, no matter what age, has sad and stressful days.

Everyone is going through something.

Trust me, if the students at Hogwarts could get through having Dementors guarding their school for a year, you can get through this year, pass that bio test, make it to all five of your meetings, go to the gym, get swole, and most importantly, get at least eight hours of sleep.

Even when times seem rough, smile.

When our smiling muscles contract, it sends a signal to the brain, increasing our level of ‘happy hormones,’ also known as endorphins.

Happiness is contagious. When you’re a positive light in other’s lives, people notice and may follow your example.