Sometimes it seems we focus almost exclusively on the things we don’t have or the things we think go wrong.

It’s easy to be weighed down by the negativity of others.

I’m generally optimistic, but even I have to stop reading the news once in a while and take a break from social media because so many people think the sky is falling and there is no hope.

What is there if there is no hope? Hope gets us through almost any situation.

We always need to be hopeful in tough times that things will get better.

Many have been up in arms since the election, thinking the country is heading toward disaster.

Now, as our president and North Korea’s leader trade threats over nuclear war, many people feel World War III is imminent.

I don’t know what will happen, but I have a hard time believing cooler heads won’t prevail and war will be avoided.

There is a lot of concern over the direction of the country, but this is not new, it’s just that the sides have switched places.

When a Democrat is in the White House, Republicans worried about what is happening to our country.

Now, a Republican is in control, and Democrats are the ones worrying.

It seems like a never-ending cycle.

I wonder what the country would feel like if people tried to be more optimistic about their lives and the country.

What if we got up every day and tried to be the best person we could be instead of worrying about how others lead their lives?

We can control our feelings, but not those of others.

I think we get bogged down by worrying about how others live their lives and the decisions they make instead of just focusing on our lives and decisions.

That’s where a lot of negativity comes from.

We think we have the right to judge others, and for some reason get upset when they don’t think like we do.

We have lost some of our ability to have a reasonable discussion with someone and disagree with them.

Too often, we personalize differing opinions and make it personal, as if their opinions are a direct attack on us.

Cordial, unemotional discourse should not be the exception. It should be the norm.

If we worked on getting along better, respecting others and their opinions, it would make us less negative toward them and less negative in general.

When you have less negativity, you have more optimism.

The world is a great place, and life can be amazing.

Just take a few minutes to remember that each day.