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How to keep your chin up in hard times

Updated on January 21, 2013

Smiling helps to keep your chin up

Sometimes just taking a moment to sit in the sun and offering the world a smile can help to make things look better.
Sometimes just taking a moment to sit in the sun and offering the world a smile can help to make things look better. | Source

Staying positive in hard times

Do you have a small or home-based business? Have you been experiencing a loss of income because customers are leaving and new ones are not to be seen? Are you in a job and have had your paycheck reduced but your hours increased? Are you among the many now wondering if your unemployment benefits are going to disappear? Has the economy's ills gotten you down?

It is very hard to stay positive when all indicators tell you otherwise. Whether you have to face customers of your own business or for your employer, it can be hard to smile, hard to keep your chin up. It can be difficult to face yet another day of driving the long commute to a job that no longer brings you joy. During a down economy it becomes a job in itself just to seem "up."

Three suggestions that may help: do your best work, be grateful and smile.

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3 Ways to keep your chin up

How can you keep your chin up?

1. Do your very best work. There are days when it seems pointless to care about doing a good job….days when you feel you just can’t smile at one more customer who ends up just browsing and not buying; or you hear one more customer service complaint; you think: who's going to care? Its times like these when personal integrity ought to come to the forefront and you dig deep and do your very best work because that is what you do. Even if you are the only person who cares, your opinion about it matters to you. Hard times do not last forever.

2. Try being grateful for what you do have. This sounds like a cliché, but the very act of acknowledging gratefulness can put you in a positive frame of mind. It can be difficult to put this gratefulness-thing into practice. You might have to look into your life and be grateful for the little things…but do look because they are there.

3. Smiles are contagious. Smiles make people who receive them feel validated. Smiles – truly sincere and spontaneous – can lift another’s spirits and change moods. What if you were to smile and add polite conventions to it like saying “please” and “thank you?” Smile even when you feel you don’t have anything to smile about. The very act of smiling can raise your own spirits.

Being grateful for something every day, doing your very best work every day and smiling can help you to keep your chin up during hard times..

The sun always comes out after the rain

The original photo was taken in the early morning after a night's rain. This artistically enhanced piece is aptly titled "After the Rain." It's important to remember that the sun always done shine again.
The original photo was taken in the early morning after a night's rain. This artistically enhanced piece is aptly titled "After the Rain." It's important to remember that the sun always done shine again. | Source

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      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Great ideas and beautiful rose pic! Thanks for sharing!

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