7 Quotes That Get Me Through a Bad Day

Day 52/365: “Bad” day is a little too much, so let’s go with “rough” day, for the sake of my Psychology course…

Before going any further, thinking that a bad day is a thing is wrong. There are bad moments in a day, but there are not just bad moments, which is always missed by us people when we complain about what a terrible day we had at the end of it. That’s not a healthy way of thinking.

A bad day is an overgeneralisation, which is nothing more than a very common cognitive distortion. In psychology, cognitive distortions are paths of wrongful thinking that we humans use day by day and make our lives miserable because of it. With this particular one, we tend to take one or two events that have happened and generalise them for the whole day or week.

Or, as another example, we take one or two people from one race and generalise that the whole race of those people is bad or mean. Which is not the case, of course. I’ll write about cognitive distortions in a future post, but for now, as promised, here are my 7 most favourite quotes that get me through a rough day (not a bad one, but a tough one)

  1. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” — Dr. Seuss (I guess that speaking your mind is the best thing that you can do in any given situation, but only if it could benefit you or the ones around you. It’s useless to tell a liar that he’s a liar, or a stupid person that he’s stupid)
  2. “This too shall pass” — Anonymous (Pretty straightforward for when you’re going through stuff, whether it’s a messed up phone call or a break-up. You need to remember that everything passes, and everything changes, as nothing lasts forever)
  3. “A man who flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it”— Sador, Children of Húrin (Facing a fear is the only way of getting over it. Fear can’t be overcome with trickery)
  4. “I can think, I can wait, I can fast”— Siddhartha (This is one of my all-time favourites from the Hermann Hesse book. You can think, therefore you can get through anything that you encounter, you can wait, so you can set yourself up for goals and have the patience to reach them, and you can fast because, when there’s no food on your table, the most clever thing you can do is fast)
  5. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”— African proverb (Whether you choose to go for goal alone or with someone else, you might want to consider this proverb before taking any decisions. Alone people need to move fast if they want to avoid defeat, while couples and families need to go slow, but far if they want to succeed)
  6. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there”— Theodore Roosevelt (This is universal, as there’s no way you’ll be able to reach fortune, health and good relationships without a healthy mindset. Believing that you can is the hardest step towards reaching for any new goal in life)
  7. For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not, none will suffice” — Joseph Dunninger, Mentalist (This is by far my favourite quote in the entire world. You can have a million proofs about something, yet you can still go on your way in believing what you want about that thing. Also, you can have no proof of something, but believe in it with such power, you need no explanation or proof for it)

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