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Life is full of happiness and unhappiness. Happiness may come from a variety of things – like accomplishing a goal or getting a job. Meanwhile, we also face unhappiness, for example when we lose a loved one or when we do not get our dream job. Many people tend to give up during their difficult times because they are unable to think positively. Personally, I try to live by the idea that every difficult moment in life will be a beautiful lesson for the future. Ultimately, the key is understanding that positivity can come through anything and that the tough times will not last forever. As a student in high school, I am constantly facing difficulties. Yet, people are not able to detect any unhappiness in my emotions. Why you might ask? As I mentioned earlier, every challenge is beneficial. If I feel I can’t do something because it’s too challenging or difficult, I always try to convince myself that there is a “light at the end of the tunnel”. This motivates me to work harder and stay more positive and happy. As I got better and better at incorporating this idea into my daily life, I felt happier and less stressed. Feeling unhappy all the time never feels good. Therefore, I have compiled a list of 40 short positive quotes that helped me stay happier during difficult times in my life and I hope they do the same for you. Remember, there will always be positivity in every challenge or struggle.

  1. “There is a light at the end of every tunnel. Some tunnels just happen to be longer than others” – Ada Adams
  2. “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”– Stephen King
  3. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”– Roy T. Bennett
  4. “We become what we think” – Emily Nightingale
  5. “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” — Willie Nelson
  6. “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  7. “What you feel inside reflects on your face. So be happy and positive all the time” — Sridevi
  8. “I surround myself with good people who make me feel great and give me positive energy.” Ali Krieger
  9. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  10. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller
  11. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  12. “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” – William James
  13. “You do not find the happy life. You make it.” – Camilla Eyring Kimball
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  15. “Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan
  16. “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
  17. “Stay positive in every situation and everything you do, never stop trying, have faith don’t stop due to failure.” – Anurag Prakash Ray
  18. “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” – Roy T. Bennett
  19. “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” – Mary Lou Retton
  20. “Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.” – Roy T. Bennett
  21. “I have to think of the positive; that’s how I cope.” – Ingrid Newkirk
  22. “When it rains, it pours? but soon, the sun shines again. Stay positive. Better days are on their way.” – Unknown
  23. “A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” — Joyce Meyer
  24. “Affirm the positive, visualize the positive and expect the positive, and your life will change accordingly.” — Remez Sasson
  25. “Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.” – Richard M. DeVos
  26. “It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  27. “If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude about it. Don’t complain.” – Maya Angelou
  28. “Everywhere you go, make positive deposits rather than negative withdrawals. You can be a people builder.” – Joel Osteen
  29. “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”– John Barrymore
  30. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
    ― Roy T. Bennett
  31. “More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”
    ― Roy T. Bennett,
  32. “A positive attitude causes a chain of reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”
    – Wade Boggs
  33. “I truly believe in positive synergy, that your positive mindset gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great.”
    – Russell Wilson
  34. “Don’t forget to tell yourself positive things daily! You must love yourself internally to grow externally.”
    – Hannah Bronfman
  35. “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
    – Joseph Campbell
  36. “You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.”  – Mahatma Gandhi
  37. “It doesn’t matter what cards you’re dealt. It’s what you do with those cards. Never complain. Just keep pushing forward. Find a positive in anything and just fight for it.”
    – Baker Mayfield
  38. “One small positive thought can change your whole day.”
    – Zig Ziglar
  39. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
    – Joshua J. Marine

Yasir Mahmood

I’m a grade 11 student aspiring to become a kinesiologist. Writing is my hobby and I really enjoy it. In my spare time, I either write or volunteer with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at.

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  • Linda Hopkins Underwood
    6:59 AM, 6 April 2020

    Never worry about things you cannot change…it will consume you.

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