How to Look for the Good In Life

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 185

Sometimes our thoughts are extremely negative. In those instances, it’s important to reframe those thoughts with more realistic ways of thinking.

But sometimes our negative thoughts aren’t exaggerated. They’re a realistic portrayal of just how difficult life is. 

When your thoughts are accurate, reframing doesn’t work. Instead, it’s an opportunity to look for the good things going on around you—even when they’re occurring alongside some not-so-good things. 

No matter how difficult your circumstances might be, there may also be some positive things happening, but you might not be noticing them.

When life has thrown you some serious curveballs or your mental health is declining, it’s tough to see the positive things going on around you. 

But noticing the bad, however, is easy. You might find your brain automatically focuses on the worst thing that happened or it might constantly predict negative outcomes.  

Those kinds of thoughts affect how you feel and how you behave. If you aren’t careful, your thoughts can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to look for the good in life. 

It’s important to note though, that looking for the good isn’t the same as toxic positivity. So, in today’s episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I explain how to look for the good in life in a healthy way.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.