In 2012, Barack Obama made a Victory Speech to the American people that included this moving statement–
“I have always believed that hope is a stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.”
There’s no denying that times are difficult at the moment. We are fighting the good fight with all we have in us. We’re experiencing a pivotal moment in history, and we aren’t sure what returning to “normal” will look like yet. We’re being led by a blind faith that we will get through it, that the pandemic will pass, and that we’ll be able to return to daily lives without the fear of an economic disaster.
It seems daunting, but as a Nation, we are resilient. Adversity may come towards us, but it will not overcome us.
Instead of entertaining negative thoughts that can be caused by media, why don’t we turn off the news for a moment and focus on the positive impacts that the pandemic has had on all humanity?
3 Ways to Stay Positive During the Pandemic
1. Focus On Some Good News
Notably known actor, John Krasinski, started a web show called Some Good News that highlights the best, uplifting news globally and shows the resilience of our nations!
From listing heartwarming acts of service from our essential workers around the world to hosting an online prom for the class of 2020– words can’t explain the heartstrings pulled when Krasinski hosts the show each week.
It’s charitable actions from essential workers like Kyle, the mailman that shows us the resilience we are capable of achieving. He sent out a little under 400 letters on his delivery route that stated, “if you are at risk and need help getting essential items, let me know and I will do what I can to help.” He received a substantial amount of responses to his letters and has been able to help– thank you, Mailman Kyle!
Not only that, but Bill Lapschies, a 104-year-old veteran, made an appearance on Some Good News. Bill is the oldest survivor of COVID-19, says NPR. There’s hope for recovery. The next time you feel overcome with fear of the outbreak, think about how if Bill could overcome so, can you!
2. Note the Global Pollution Decrease
Another way to practice positivity during the pandemic is to note the global pollution decrease. Although the stay-at-home orders have decreed a national and global sigh, looking at the benefits of the order outweighs the negative stigma. Air pollution levels have dropped significantly.
The photo above shows two separate pictures of the Indian Gate in New Delhi. The top picture shows the city from November 2019, and the bottom image shows the city in March 2020.
But India isn’t the only country reaping the reward. Take a look at other countries below.
A satellite image released from NASA shows changes in China’s pollution between January 2020 and February 2020. This image shows the nitrogen dioxide levels before the stay-at-home order was issued in Europe.
This image shows nitrogen dioxide emissions after the stay-at-home order issued in Europe.
Though the price of staying at home is costly, it’s encouraging seeing how our global obedience has taken care of our earth.
3. Acknowledgment of the Love for Healthcare Workers
The picture below is of healthcare workers on a Southwest flight headed from Atlanta, GA to the LaGuardia airport in New York.
Our healthcare workers are part of our backbone during this epidemic, and we want to give them the greatest of thanks!
Because they have worked diligently to keep us safe, 779,774 people have recovered globally!
World Health Organization officials that are working to find a cure say that there are 20 coronavirus vaccinations are in development.
As hard as facing a global crisis is, it’s important to remember that we are more durable than we believe most times.
Encouragement sets the foothold for resilience. Since the pandemic occurred, we’ve faced more challenges we are learning to overcome.
We face obstacles that present themselves as racial discrimination and mental illness.
People also confront challenges that keep us wondering how we are going to be financially impacted by the pandemic while we try to fight off a virus we can’t physically see.
We want you to know that we are with you, and we are for you. As you look over the evidence in this article, we hope you see that though this time is difficult– standing united is building our character.
When we face adversity, we will rise again– whether we fail or succeed, we are in this together.
Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of the overcoming of it — Helen Keller
Are you looking for better ways to practice self-care during these times? Check out our Self-Care Guide to help you with practicing even more positivity.