Where to Turn When Things Go Wrong…

Bright Side Up is like an “emergency optimism” guide for everyday life, comprised of 100 short chapters on how to keep a positive perspective when you lose your wallet, gain ten pounds, fight with a friend or get stuck in traffic. But which chapter will best help you today? This guide will point you in the right direction—literally.

Just hover your mouse over the issue you’re facing and find out where to turn within the book to see your situation from a better, brighter angle. As Bright Side Up will remind you, true happiness is an inside job.

About to lose it?
Ask WWMRMD?
Aggravated by others?
See it through a look-up-to lens
Bad news?
The good news is…
Bad with names?
Gift someone their own name
Blah?
Don’t take your blah personally
Blew it?
It’s more than it’s not
Blocked?
Break the un-rules
Bored?
Take the tourist’s point of view
Breakup?
Put a bow on it for your future self
Can’t?
Do the can-can
Can’t decide?
Choose backward
Closing yourself off?
Listen for the gems
Computer rage?
Think about the postman
Confused?
Ask your -year-old self
Dealing with customer service?
Reveal thyself to tech support
Defeated?
Keep going - keep gunning
Depressed?
Give a gratitude shout-out
Discouraged?
Use your underdog as an upper hand
Down?
Seek out a “smiler -”
Dumped?
Tune into your “real-ometer -”
Embarrassed?
Gaffe in all your glory!
Envious?
Appreciate your abundance
Exasperated?
Save the laugh for later
Exhausted?
Rest for a minute…maybe two
Face a challenge?
Recognize your new route is better
Facebook envy?
See the grass is digitally greener - too
Facing the worst?
Make the worst the best
Failed?
High-five your failures
Feeling blue?
Grab the color wheel
Feeling like you “should”?
Out your oughts!
Feeling old?
Force the run of excitement
Flat tire?
At least you’re not
Frustrated with strangers?
Let them pass
Guarded?
Don’t salt it before you try it
Getting nowhere?
Lower your standards - sort of
Grieving?
Celebrate the life in loss
Have to decompress?
Find your pina colada
Hopeless?
Hope to it!
Hurt?
Write them a letter
In pickle?
Flip-flop it
Insanely driven?
Enjoy the cusp
Insecure?
Look - your life is art
Irritated by someone?
Zoom out
Jealous?
Keep your eyes on your own paper
Kind of over it?
Take pride in persistence
Lame vibe?
Set your own soundtrack
Lost in life?
Steer life like a motorcycle (p. 7)
Lost money?
See life like a see-saw
Low moment?
Thank the lemons
Mad at them?
Peek in your picnic basket
Meek?
Take the microphone
Melancholy?
Cover your blank canvas
Missing the moment?
Take a mental photograph
Missed flight?
Plan your party story
Need help?
See “help” is not a four-letter word
Need to do over?
Re-appreciate the re-do
Negative?
Walk a positive tightrope
Nervous?
Just do you
Overweight?
What’s your why?
Overwhelmed?
Fill in the easiest answers first
Overworked?
Delightfully disengage
Pain?
Ask - where doesn’t it hurt?
Perfectionist?
Don’t aim for a winner every time
Pessimistic?
Rephrase to reframe
Plan is ruined?
See plans as just blueprints
Putting off dreams?
Why can’t someday be now?
Regretting it?
Remedy the rash of regret
Relationship aggravation?
Feel warmth within the quills
Rejected?
Follow in Joan’s footsteps
Robbed?
Ask - what didn’t you lose?
Road rage?
Put yourself in another driver’s moccasins
Rough patch?
Call it a credit in the school of life
Rip in jeans?
Make a good scar out of it
Rushing around?
Make the most of your middle -
Sacrificing too much?
Enjoy the right-this-second now
Sapped dry?
Give an unconditional gift
Scared?
Elbow fear out of the way
Single?
Enjoy the cusp
Self-critical?
Practice self-compassion
Setback?
Float to the current…then kick to shore
Should have?
Leave the “should haves” at the door
Sleepwalking through life?
Elevate the throwaways
Stressed?
Focus on the horizon
Struggling with decision?
Park the car or drive away
Stuck in line?
Love the line
Suffering?
Climb into the boat of great company
Surrender?
Let it go like a Chinese lantern
Tense?
Create calm in your storm
Tired?
Yes - go for a walk!
Too-high expectations?
Be your own gift-with-purchase
Traffic jam?
Rally in the rain delay
Ugly?
There is beauty - take it in
Under pressure?
Get the ball in the basket
Underdressed?
Dress with your attitude
Undeserving?
Always spring for your limo
Unhappy?
Live ten minutes in the life of the ideal you
Unproductive?
Find your sweet spot
Unsure?
Be friendly first
Vulnerable?
Take back control
Want to give up?
Channel someone else’s strength