Feeling half empty

The dire state of affairs in Europe is putting nuclear-armed superpowers on tenter hooks, the effects of climate change are coming through the door with a rush of fiery heatwaves and sodding floods, the frail system called democracy is looking like a doddering elder with its totalitarian carer telling it to switch off the telly and go to bed.

It’s sometimes hard not to feel down in the mouth about the state of things. But nevertheless, it’s important to take note when things are looking up.
The price of fuel, for example, went up 40 cents a litre just this weekend.
And my blood type is AB-Positive, so that’s another plus.
But that’s about it. Everything else is bad news. Even news about pessimism.

Being pessimistic is obviously no good for one’s personal happiness, but neither is it good for personal health.
A recent article in the scientific journal Nature gave us the bad news that pessimism increased the risk of fatal heart disease. But worse, being optimistic didn’t offer any protection against that risk.
That’s the kind of lose-lose situation that really gets a pessimist excited.

As every pessimist worth their salt knows, everything gives you cancer … eventually.
If you know of anything that doesn’t, you’d better enjoy it now before the experts tell you that it does.
In the 80s, singer Joe Jackson hit the nail on the head with a song declaiming that “everything gives you cancer”, and he’s as good an authority as anyone.

Last week it was reported that even Mars causes cancer. What hope have we got when even a rocky red ball 60 million kilometres away is a danger to our health?
To be accurate, it is the harmful radiation exposure on the way to Mars that is the biggest danger, but I’m going on the information contained in the click-bait headline.

In an effort to promote a more positive state of mind I’ve set up a little system using a big jar with a label on it.
It’s like a swear jar but the idea is to put a gold coin in it every time I have a negative or pessimistic thought. Sadly, it’s already half empty.