Is the Glass Half Full?

Sometimes, as a teacher, it’s difficult to be a glass half full type of person. The natural ups and downs, the stress, and coworkers who might be complainers can really suck away anyone’s optimistic nature. I tend to see the glass as half full. I’m not saying that I’m one of those ridiculously happy “rainbows and puppies” type of people who you want to smack with a large object. But I’m generally pretty happy. So here are my thoughts on how you can bring yourself up when your job has gotten you down.

  1. Make sure you have something to look forward to. It might just be a slice of cheesecake in the fridge at home, but it will put a little extra pep in your step.

  2. Laugh! Life is hysterical. Cultivate an excellent sense of humor.

  3. Get a pet. Having a critter at home that loves you unconditionally is the best. Plus I’ve read studies that pets actually reduce your blood pressure.

  4. Develop a hobby. Your life can’t be all about school. Learn to knit, paint, refinish furniture, scrapbook, or something else that tickles your fancy.

  5. Read. Now I know some of you might not be readers. But I think there’s incredible value in being able to read fantastic fiction that takes you out of your own life. (In all honesty, Harry Potter once got me through a rough teaching job. Thank you, Harry.)

How do you cultivate a positive attitude?

One thought on “Is the Glass Half Full?

  1. I love to read and that helps me escape the difficult days. I also write letters to the military heroes that I adopted at It helps me to remember to be grateful for what I have.

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