With each passing day, I become more aware of exactly how important perspective is. You can either choose to look at things in a negative or positive way, and that has a huge impact on your overall quality of life. Nobody is a better example of that than 92-year-old Maurine Jones. Her husband, whom she had been married to for an astounding 70 years, passed away and she made the move to retirement living. Jones is legally blind, and upon taking the elevator up to her new room, a staff member provided her with a brief description of the space. Jones quickly exclaimed, "I love it." Although the staff member was confused because Jones had yet to enter the room or get a full description of all its features, the senior explained herself.
"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time," Jones explained to the caregiver. "Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged, it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it."
Instead of focusing on negatives, like body parts that don't work like they used to, Jones is completely set on the positives and looking toward the future. Each day she gets out of bed she considers to be a gift. Being happy is something that she decides to do every day, and her positivity sure is contagious. Her take on aging is quite interesting as well.
"Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you've put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories."
Life seems to be a bit simpler and more enjoyable when we all just decide to be happy and look at the positive side of every situation. Because no matter what you might be going through, there's always something good to take out of it.