9 Ways to Stay Optimistic No Matter What Life Throws at You

Katie Sweeney

Sometimes life throws you an unexpected curveball. A family member is struck with a sudden illness. You get laid off from a job you loved. Your apartment rent just went up. The election didn't turn out how you planned. When these roadblocks pop up—and they will happen to you sooner or later—you have to adapt quickly and deal with the situation. But this can be challenging when you’re feeling down about the unfortunate circumstance.

So how do you handle adversity in life? Especially when you didn't see it coming. Find a way to stay positive. That's not to say you can’t have a good cry, but know that this time too shall pass and life goes on. At some point, you have to pick yourself up and keep moving forward. The only way you can do it is to face the curveball head on with an upbeat outlook. It’s not easy, but it can be done. Here are nine simple ways to see the silver lining, even in your darkest hour.

Have you dealt with a curveball? How did you stay positive?

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