Take Another Look.

I'm naturally an optimist. Ask my friends, or my family – I could give you tons of references. But I also know that many people – most people, I'd wager – aren't. Over the years, I've come to realize that many of the people around me, including people I love, don't see things the way that I do.

It can be really difficult to see things properly when you're in the midst of them. In fact, a lot of the time, when you're in the middle of a problem, you can't really see anything at all – all you see is dark.

As my friend Albus Dumbledore once said “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Things seem awful. Life is difficult.

Life is never going to be easy – I can't promise you that. But I can show you how to shift your perspective oh-so-slightly, so that you can learn to look for the beauty in the darkness.

I've learned to look for the beautiful things in my everyday life. Every morning, I have my favorite tea, in my favorite mug. I sing along to music on the radio, loudly, and frequently poorly, and it never fails to put a smile on my face. I wear clothes that make me feel beautiful. I stop to smell the flowers, literally, whenever I get the chance.

These are small things, but in a world where it feels like the news on the television is always bad, where horrible things happen every day and everything feels like a crisis – these small beautiful things in your everyday, and mine, are what allow you to keep control, to keep moving forward.

To stay sane, and maybe even a little bit optimistic.

I'm not saying you should tune out or ignore all of the horrible things that are happening all around the world – far from it. But I am saying that you should take the time to consider the things that bring beauty and color into your life, and savor them.

Because we need you. The world needs you. We need you in tip-top shape, so that you can help make a positive difference in this world.

So look for the beauty in this world. I guarantee, you'll find some, if you're looking for it.

Even in the darkest of times, you can find some light.

Find the beauty. Build on it. And make it shine.