Back in July 2016 while on my honeymoon in New Zealand, my wife and I stumbled upon a super cute cafe called the Rusty Tractor and it had this sign that I will never forget. The sign said 'its your choice...today can be amazing or just another day'. It made me reflect and realize how much our happiness or sadness is all in our head. We frame up our perspectives and decide if we are going to get caught up in things that could bring us down or decide that it isn't worth our energy to let them bring us down. Once I was back home in California, I was driving in my neighborhood, stopped at a stop sign and then proceeded to make a left turn but did not see a car that was racing toward me (I believe they were speeding but it really doesn't matter if they were). The guy came really close to hitting me and slammed on his breaks. He didn't hit me but he started cursing and flipping me off. I looked at him instead of reacting to his rage, I thought 'wow, I'm so happy that we didn't get in a collision and that we are still both alive'. I wish I could get out and say that to this guy but he seemed so emotional so I just smiled and gave him a thumbs up. He was probably confused and never really realized what I was thinking. But imagine if rather than everyone wasting energy on getting road rage whenever someone makes a mistake driving, they rather are grateful and happy that they didn't get into a collision and get injured or even worse die. So, for me, it's all about perspective and if you can choose to look on the bright side of any situation, whether good or bad, you are bound to live a happier and more fulfilling life.
Over the past few years, I have read many books and watched many videos about mindfulness by the Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hahn. His philosophies and approaches to life have helped me to shape my positive perspective and pursuit of finding happiness in even the tiniest miracles and beauties in our lives.