Life is hardly ever the fairytale we hope it'll be. Twists and turns and unexpected curveballs sometimes make it hard to keep your head above water. Learning ways to stay positive during the hardest times is something that comes with age and experience; but when you do figure it out — and subsequently realize you're stronger than ever — there's comfort to be found in knowing that life might be tough, but you're tougher, and nothing's going to get you down.
We all struggle in our own ways. Sometimes, it's a nasty breakup or divorce. Other times, it's deeply rooted family issues that have been haunting you your entire life. Maybe it's job loss and financial problems that keep you up at night. We all have a sad story.
It's during these times that it's more important than ever to stay positive. Keeping a positive mindset isn't just some fluffy new-age philosophy, like some people think. Believe it or not, it is backed by science: research has repeatedly shown that our brains are programmed to respond to negative thoughts in a certain way — by narrowing our view of the world around us — while positive emotions help us see the endless possibilities in life.
Furthermore, being happy is good for your brain, and wires it to seek out more happiness. Positive thinking stimulates the growth of nerve connections, improves attentiveness, increases mental productivity, and helps you think and analyze more efficiently. Keeping it positive, especially in the dark times, is more important than we probably realize. In fact, it's crucial for your good health.
So, now you know that staying positive is a must; but how do you keep that uplifting viewpoint even when the going gets tough? Here's what some Redditors have to say about the matter.