12 Quotes to Help You Find the Silver Lining in Every Cloud | The Health Sessions

12 Quotes to Help You Find the Silver Lining in Every Cloud

“You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.” 

It’s a famous quote from the award-winning Silver Linings Playbook movie, but what does it really mean?

The expression “Every cloud has a silver lining” focuses on finding something positive in a gloomy situation. That’s easier said than done when you’re living with chronic pain, financial worries or relationship problems every day. But just because it’s hard to notice the silver linings during dark times, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

Sometimes, there may even come something good of a bad situation. We’ve all heard stories of people who feel their lives changed for the better after tragedy struck. From being forced to reflect upon life to finding their strength and having a new mission in life, many people gain valuable insights or new meaning from redefining moments.

Of course that doesn’t mean you should feel grateful for your problems just because you’ve gained some hard-learned lessons. You can still wish your hardship never happened to you in the first place. Focusing on positive things also doesn’t make your problems any less serious – but it does make the situation easier to bear.

So have a look at these 12 hopeful quotes to look for the silver lining in every dark cloud. 

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14 Encouraging Quotes to Keep Hope Alive in Dark Times | The Health Sessions

14 Encouraging Quotes to Keep Hope Alive in Dark Times

“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.”

When life’s challenging and you’re tired of struggling, these famous words from The Hunger Games trilogy might be just what you need to pull you through.

Because hope can be powerful. Hope helps you to keep going when you feel like giving up. It pushes you past the pain and obstacles on your way. Hope is a magical combination of optimism, faith and the somewhat stubborn belief that somehow things will work out.

Some people believe it’s better not to have hope, because it will only lead to disappointment. But the dictionary doesn’t just describe hope as an expectation or desire for the future, but also as “a feeling of trust, a belief that something good may happen.” And that’s a significant nuance.

Having a fixed idea in mind about how things should go can crush your spirit, because life rarely goes as planned. But when you think of hope as a dream destination while staying open-minded about the road that leads you there, hope can fuel your determination to get one step closer in the right direction. You still have to put one foot in front of the other, and the journey might be very different than you’d pictured. But with a little luck, a hopeful heart can lead you to some pretty amazing places.

Have a look at these 14 hope quotes to keep your spark alive in dark times. 

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How You Can Still Pursue Your Goals and Dreams When You're Chronically Ill | The Health Sessions

How You Can Still Pursue Your Goals and Dreams When You’re Chronically Ill

“A dream is a wish your heart makes.” – Walt Disney

Remember when you were young, you’d fantasize about all the things you would do when you were grown up: becoming a doctor or a rockstar, traveling the world, getting married and having kids.

Some of those dreams may be shattered when you get diagnosed with chronic illness.

Suddenly, the life you’d envisioned for yourself is gone. Sometimes there’s little chance of your dreams ever becoming reality. I mean, how can you finish your studies, work a demanding job or raise a family when just getting through the day is a huge challenge?

It’s a heartbreaking feeling to have your deepest desires go unmet. When there’s a gap between what you’d do if only your body would cooperate and what you can actually do, you may experience an inner conflict between accepting your new reality and still trying to shoot for the moon.

Because even the sickest of us still have goals and dreams we wish to fulfill. Living means more than simply surviving. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, when our basic needs like food, shelter and safety are met, we all long to belong and be loved, to cultivate self-esteem and self-respect, and finally to reach self-actualisation. We want to give meaning to our lives, even in the most harrowing circumstances.

But when you’re chronically ill and struggle to do the simplest things, pursuing your dreams and achieving your goals is not as easy as “you can do anything as long as you want it badly enough“. Of course determination, hard work and commitment are key, and there are plenty of stories out there of people accomplishing greatness despite their limitations. But sometimes all the persistence in the world just isn’t enough – at least not right now.

Despite my reservations about some motivational slogans, I’m a fierce believer in hope and going after your dreams. Whether you want to finish your studies, find a loving partner or pursue your passions, here are some realistic ideas to help you set and reach new goals when you have a chronic illness.

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10 Empowering Quotes to Help You Through Tough Days

10 Empowering Quotes to Help You Through Tough Days | The Health Sessions

 

Life isn’t always a picnic in the park.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you find yourself struggling to make it through the day. And that’s nothing to be ashamed about – frustration, sadness and despair are a natural and inevitable part of life.

But if you could use a little pick-me-up, soak up these words of wisdom from beloved authors and word leaders to help you get through the tough times.

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6 Surprising Things That Spoonies and Olympic Athletes Have in Common

6 Surprising Things Spoonies and Olympic Athletes Have in Common | The Health Sessions

 

It’s hard to think of two more obvious extremes: the chronically ill versus Olympic athletes.

They find themselves at the opposite ends of the health spectrum: one struggling to do the simplest everyday activities, whereas the other is the embodiment of strength and fitness.

But if you look closer, you’ll find that spoonies and Olympic athletes have some surprising things in common.

 

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