Finding Color in Dull Places

There’s a term that we learned in my AP Psychology class called “mood-congruent thinking”. Essentially, it’s when you associate whatever mood you’re in at that moment with events that happened recently that relate to that mood. For example, have you ever broken down after a bad day, describing to someone all of the worst parts of it in the hopes that they would understand your plight?

Yeah. We’ve all been there.

But we often forget to include the positive things that happened. Like that quiz we just aced. Or that assignment that we received full credit for, bumping that godforsaken 89% up to an A. Maybe it’s even something as small as someone holding the door open for us. And it’s in those things, those small delights, that we can find hope.

Sure, sometimes it’ll just be a bad week, and we’ll be content to revel in the overall negativity that we tend to crave at certain times. But it’s important to remember how highly unlikely it is to have a full day with absolutely no positivity.

So I guess my advice is this:

Look for the good in every day.

There will always be something, whether memorable or insignificant. Try to document the little positive occurrences throughout the day. Maybe write them down, or take a picture to remind yourself. Channel them through your own creative outlet.

Photo Credit: Samantha Caldwell — used with permission.

Having something good to look back on is critical to enjoying life, whether it’s a small victory or a significant achievement. So overcome the psychology behind negative thinking; just remember that there will always be color, even in the dullest of places.