There has been so much negativity around me this past week that I think I need to inject some positivity into the world.

Over the years, I’ve jokingly developed a school of thought named Paulinism with my friends. It’s all about optimism and seeing the light in every situation. Using this principle, I came up with some basic tenants of Paulinism. Every time either I or one of my friends was being a negative Nancy, I would say these simple rules to live by. I thought now would be a good time to publish these tips in light of all this bad news.

1. Don’t forget to smile. A smile, even a forced one, can make a huge difference. There’s actually a therapy where every morning you must get up, look in the mirror, and smile at yourself. It doesn’t matter if you’re smiling through tears, the important thing is that you’re smiling. Soon that forced smile will come naturally. Trust me.

2. See the positive in every situation. It’s so easy to get lost in a sea of sadness, but there’s always something you can be happy about. Remember Pandora’s Box? Sure, a torrent of terrible things poured out of that box, but what was at the bottom? Hope.

3. Put things in perspective. This kind of goes off of number two, but if you’re feeling down about something, think about how you are better off than others. Be grateful for everything you do have, not what you don’t have. All it takes is a little change in perspective to realize that you’re actually a very lucky person.

4. Be humble. Even if you are the greatest person to ever walk upon the earth, arrogance ruins all of that. Take pride in your accomplishments, but don’t be pompous and stick your nose up to other people. Just read Pride and Prejudice for this one.

So if you’re feeling a little down, feel free to join the movement and become a follower of Paulinism. More tenants to come.



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