Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Glad Game

As a person I try to stay positive. It's not always easy as life likes to throw negative things my way on a fairly routine basis but I still try. I have found that humor is really a double edged weapon of sorts. It either makes everyone laugh and the stress dissipates for a moment or it causes people to completely freak out because they think I'm not taking the situation seriously.

In reality, it's just that I've seen Pollyanna one to many times and I'm playing the Glad Game in my head so that I can keep some semblance of calm. Pollyanna is a movie that is based on a book written by Eleanor H. Porter. I never read the book, which is a conundrum on it's own. My first introduction to this overtly happy child was in the movie format where Pollyanna was portrayed by the very talented Haley Mills

In the movie Pollyanna plays a game in which she always finds something to be happy about, regardless of the situation. The concept of the game is simple. Take any situation and find something to be glad about. 

While the game sounds silly, and it is, it's also surprisingly effective. The next time you are stressed, or faced with a major challenge, take a moment to find something positive. Even if it's simply that you survived the day long pre-meeting meeting without killing anyone. 

If you can find one thing that will put a smile on your face then you will have a better chance of finding a positive way to look at the problem. Try it and let me know how it worked. If you need help finding the positive then let me know. I'm here to help.