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How to Stay Optimistic When You Are Unemployed

Times are hard. You know it, I know it, EVERYBODY knows it.  Thousands of good people across the country are suffering right now because they have been laid-off, leaving them to wonder what the future holds and where their next paycheck is going to come from.

Yes, its’ scary but I’m here to tell you that it’s not the end of the world and that you will get through this. The fact is, it’s not the first time in American history that we’ve had it this bad and it’s not the last.  We’re Americans and we can tough it out, and there are a lot of things you can do to stay positive while you’re not working, so buck up and take heed of the words that follow.

First, always remember that the one thing that never changes is that things will always change.  A bad situation today will open up a better situation tomorrow. I personally know many people that were laid off and took the opportunity to follow a different career, change their life, and come out the other side smelling like a rose.  Doctors that became entrepreneurs, salespeople that became photographers and secretaries that became writers. There are so many good stories and so many happy endings.

Before you start saying ’I can’t do that’ keep in mind that there are people all over the world that have it much, MUCH worse than you.  Millions of people worldwide don’t have enough food to eat and water to drink, let alone a good job, a car and a home in the suburbs. The fact is that we have it really good here in the States, even if we’re all suffering a little bit right now.

Finally, don’t beat yourself up. You are a good person, like the majority of us, and good people always have a way of getting back on track. Before you know it you’ll find that new job and chances are it will be even better than the last. So keep smiling, think positively, and never give up home. Like Little Orphan Annie has always said, ‘the sun will come out tomorrow’.

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