The Truth about Bad News: Change the Way you Think.

by: Samuel Laws

The Truth About Bad News. This will change the way you think… 


Recently, one of my good friends was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. For the rest of his life he will be injecting insulin multiple times a day to stay alive. His illness was discovered by chance through a fortunate series of events, and just in time. We could have lost him. Fortunately, he is going to be okay, but it got me thinking. Rarely do we know when life is about to throw a curve. 

Bad news comes from all directions, not just the hospital. It could be a relationship, work, or even the loss of a loved one. Whatever is weighing heavy on your mind, know there is a silver lining if you are open to discovering it. 

Sometimes it takes going through something really hard to see life really well. 


A few ways to help find happiness when it’s hardest:

1. Vent it out. 

Whatever you do, remember that though a friend can be helpful, their ears wear out and what you truly need is some time to work through you feelings. Even if they want to help you! Put your frustrations and concerns on the pages of a trusty journal. Whatever is causing you pain, trouble, even anger. Don’t carry it around in your head, and try not to put too much of it on a friend. Use a journal. This will help you process your thoughts, and often is the fastest way to identify exactly what’s bothering you making you more receptive to good advice. 

2. Avoid big decisions. 

You’re not at your best and emotions are clouding your judgment. It may be necessary to take action, but if it’s in reaction it will probably lead to regret. Instead, wait long enough to regain composure. If you need to, get away. Take a walk, drive to your favorite coffee shop, or go to the mountains. Whatever it takes to clear out the noise and have a solid time of reflection. This allows you to respond to the situation rather than make an un-thoughtful decision. 

3. Tell three people why they’re awesome. 

When things aren’t going our way, it’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves. The next thing you know, we’re completely self-focused. Here’s an alternative idea: focus on others. 

Closing thought: The key to your happiness may be the happiness you give someone else.