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remembering optimism Anonymous 123687

trying to cultivate the optimism again. i used to be good at this, have not been practicing for a while though.

just thinking about nice stuff helps i think. i imagine a situation i would like and then i have another place where i can default to in case i get lost in thoughts that aren't all that nice. just to breathe for a second.

i do worry that this might create an alternate reality i could end up desecrating as a hideout from actual reality but i do appreciate the breather and there is no shortage of me worrying. if something is bound to happen in the future that i would better be ready for, i am probably already worrying about it anyways so i should be safe for a few seconds.

every time i remember to do that, this little feeling of success and hope appears and reminds me that all i have to do is remember this from time to time.

i have this little post-it note in the shower. says "say 5 things you are thankful for". every time i take a shower i do this. if i can keep it up for a while, this should become a habit. i would remember throughout the day to ask myself what is good, giving ultimate fertilizer to my mental health.

Anonymous 124416

Moebius? good taste. I think you are right on with your shower idea, I believe gratitude has been proven to improve mood. What really helps me is actually sort of a nihilistic outlook - everything is pointless so why not make the best of it, why not try, why not enjoy. I also like to remind myself that no matter how bad things get, there are certain things that will always be free/available and be comforting.

Anonymous 124441

I love his ligne claire style

Anonymous 126631

Optimism is everything. People who call it toxic positivity to think about, and work through solutions are pretty much just stubborn pessimists who don't want to admit it.

Anonymous 126632

And that is coming from someone who is always cranky, hates everything. Positivity is a road, its not "oh everythings great and why aren't you happy what's wrong with you" its just being open to good developments, seeing them, pursuing them, reaping the reward of having been open to them in the first place.

If you don't take advantage of it you're insane. Its like there's liquid gold under the surface of everything you do. Most things are shitty, and most people are trash, but you can find openings no matter what the hell is going on. Everybody will fiercely disagree and push stubbornly towards their downfall, disbelieving everything.

But oh my god its like having liquid gold in your brain, if you routinely know how to find that crack in reality anywhere.

Anonymous 126642


“Gratitude is not just a switch to turn on when things go well; it is also a light that shines in the darkness.” – a quote that I once read that resonated with me. It's cheesy, yes, but it's true.
Especially the last few years I've found a lot of hope and strength in so-called tragic optimism.

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