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Staying mentally positive during such negative times

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From the miserable weather in Michiana, to the multiple tragedies across the country, many people say they are finding it hard to smile these days.

"Of course it's hard on me and everybody else," said Richard Ernsberger.

The devastating news out of Boston and Texas this week has certainly taken its toll on a lot of people. Add people's own struggles and many say handling the depressing news has been difficult.

"I think that right now it is a tough time for everyone to look forward and be positive," said Nicci Mast.

When Mast first heard about the devastating explosions, she says it was very hard for her to stay positive. However, there is one outlet that helps her.

"I feel like prayer definitely has kept me positive," said Mast.

Professional life coach Paul Rarick says turning to faith is a great way for people who are struggling. He also believes finding a sense of community can be very beneficial and says one way to do that is through volunteering.

"Being of service to people is one of the greatest ways to just shift yourself out of your own problems out of your own misery or negativity," said Rarick, from OptimaLife Coaching in Niles.

Rarick says finding people to talk to about how the current events are impacting you can help.

This approach has worked for Rob Burton who recently joined a mall walking club. He says the club has helped give him take a more positive outlook on life.

"What I try to do is just try to stay positive everyday," said Burton. "Every time I wake up in the morning I think of some positive things I can do."

Rarick says you have two choices at times like these. You can wake up, think about the tragedies, look outside at the miserable weather, and decide to be down. Or you could seek out the positive.

"The accepting of what is [reality], even though you may not like it, but at least accept it that it happened can help a lot," said Rarick "Because until you get to that point it's very hard to feel good."

Rarick recently wrote a blog entry on dealing with this type of sorrow which can be read here: Our Response-Ability When Faced with Tragedy.

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