The Good News Is….

He's acting up with company visiting, but the good news is these aren't permanently stuck to my child's head. See how it works?

He's acting up with company visiting, but the good news is these aren't permanently stuck to my child's head. See how it works?

I have a habit that probably makes people want to hit me with a blunt object: When people complain about something I listen and then eventually respond with, “Well, I guess the good news is….” Would that just make you want to smack me? Probably. None of my friends have smacked me in the past, showing incredible restraint, and I love them for it.

Of course, some things go on and I’m hard-pressed to find any good news about it. Then I just listen and keep my trap shut. (I know -shocker.)

I wasn’t always so optimistic about things. This is a reflex I have cultivated because if I can find the bright side of things it really does make me feel better. All I’m trying to do when I say this is help myself or someone else realize things could always be worse. You know, the glass is half-full and all that. Sometimes it’s more difficult than others to find the good news, but I keep looking.

And then sometimes I say it just because I know it will crack the other person up. I really like using my “the good news is” line with a batch of sarcasm thrown in. It throws people off. If one of my friends is complaining about a horrible cold and can’t hear really well because they are congested I would answer with, “The good news is you won’t have to hear what my family sounds like when we play Rock Band.” See? Discomfort turned to comedy. Works wonders most of the time.

Give it a try. Try finding the good news in a situation and see how it feels. Even if it’s absurd and it makes people laugh, I’ve found a little good news goes a long way. Cheers!

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  1. Katrina

    It’s so funny you wrote about this today. I was just talking today about how I used to attend all these inspirational seminars when I was working and most of them focused on positive thinking. It really becomes a way of life and on more than one occasion I’ve wondered if my positive thinking has annoyed a few people haha.

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