Turn Any Bad Day Around Instantly With This One Simple Trick

I used to be a rabid pessimist. I was like a cloud; when I disappeared, it was a beautiful day. XD Now, I’m a rabid optimist with a smile on my face I won’t apologize for. You could say I am a joy freak. But at least I’m no longer the depression freak.

Go ahead and imagine your last bad day.

You’ve woken up late and had a humiliating time at where you were supposed to be.

Or perhaps everything was going great and you were convinced nothing could go wrong; until you made a big mistake and got called out in front of a bunch of people.

Maybe things are more serious; it’s been a drag the whole day long and you end up sobbing in your bed, literally wishing you could die.

Or maybe you’re in a battle for your health and you find out what you thought was gone forever just flared back up again.

I’ve been through all of these bad day scenarios and more. But the thing is, bad days are inevitable—aren’t they?

Aren’t they?

Great news: No. They aren’t.

Opportunities for bad days are inevitable. Seriously; they’re all over the place! But did you know that you ultimately decide how you’re going to look at your day?

Turning any bad day around into a great one is ridiculously simple with this one trick that has literally changed my life.


Really? That’s your big game-changer? Save the annoying thankful posts for November, please.

Nope. That’s not what I said.

Three years ago, I was the rabid pessimist people would look at with a look that said I think she has issues. And it wasn’t because my parents had some humungous divorce or I dealt with major self-doubt or had social anxiety, because none of those things happened.

It was simply because I saw everything through a negative lens.


So overly pathetic that it gets its own bullet point and hashtag.

Looking back three years ago, I don’t look back and think those were bad days. I miss those days! Those were great days! Those were awesome days! Like I’d-step-into-a-time-machine-and-relive-those days! So why couldn’t I see it at the time? Take a guess.

You got it. I was complaining. All day long.

  • To complain, you have to focus on the negative. And that’s literally what I did. Despite being a cloud myself, I’d find one for every silver lining. ? where is my facepalm emoji


CIRCUMSTANCE: November something, 2015. The weather outside is beautiful. The wind is blowing, the sun is shining, and I’m walking out of dance class with an iPhone 6 in hand listening to some of my favorite music.

WHAT’S COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH: I hate Florida. I hate today. Every tree is an evergreen here. The leaves aren’t changing colors. It’s not cold enough to drink apple cider. I hate my life.

Sounds pretty darn ridiculous, doesn’t it? Like how dumb can a person get and still breathe?

That’s literally how pathetic I was. I DON’T KNOW HOW PEOPLE STOOD ME. Like I seriously couldn’t take my eyes off of myself and my selfishness for one single day?? Somebody call up that facepalm emoji.

When you take your eyes off of the negative and focus on the positive, you’re not in self-denial of your issues. You’re simply denying that you have to deal with them like a regular human being, ’cause you don’t.

  • God didn’t make you regular. If you’re a born-again believer, you have the authority inside of you to not let any circumstance define your day for you.

Alright, so we get that, Madi. That example is pretty common and being negative there would be pretty pathetic. What about someone who is fighting for their life in a hospital?


The daughter of my pastor lived for 18 years with an illness called cystic fibrosis, a lung disease. The doctors didn’t expect her to live past a few months, but she proved them wrong. They didn’t expect her to live past four years old, but she proved them wrong again.

Whenever you asked her how she was doing, she would respond, “I’m great!”

And she was not great. She didn’t even believe she was going to die. But that was her response whenever you asked her how she was. You could never get her to say that she was not great, and she was battling for her life to the point of having to be put on oxygen to even breathe.

She understood that she didn’t have to have a bad day just because the circumstances around her were deadly. The joy of the Lord was her strength to the moment she died in my pastor’s arms on Christmas day, 2003.


  • There is always something positive to focus on in literally every situation.
  • No matter what it feels like, focus on those positive things.

You can start with small things like even though I’m tired of all this snow, I’m so warm with my space heater. This hot chocolate tastes amazing. I’m reading such a good book. Small things are really the kicker for me.

  • If you catch yourself complaining, do yourself a favor and tape your mouth shut until you decide to release words into the atmosphere the devil and his crowd can’t stand.

Things like man, God is awesome. He has such amazing things planned for me. The devil is such an idiot. I think I’ll go squeeze those lemons that life gave me right in his eyes…

Heh heh.

(Speaking from personal experience, this is really, really fun. Makes me giddy just thinking about it. And as soon as I hit the publish button on this post, I get to do it again. >:D)


The reason I never have a bad day is not because circumstances have or haven’t changed. I decided to thank God for what He’s given me despite my circumstances; humiliating days, days where I’m battling for my health, days where I have every opportunity to deem it a bad day. And the more I focused on the positive, the less of a hold negativity had on my life.

“Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

You said it, Nehemiah.

If the next opportunity for a bad day presents itself and thinks it can get you down, make sure it’s in for a rude awakening.

What’s your favorite way to turn a bad day around instantly?

By |2018-01-06T11:30:18-05:00January 6th, 2018|Butt-Kicking, Encouragement, Life Undefeated|65 Comments

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I'm Madi: blogger, writer, doll collector, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more about me here and this blog here.


  1. AGs in Alaska January 6, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I like to turn a bad day around by reading a book or journaling!

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Reading a good book is such an awesome way to just forget about troubles for a while! I used to journal a lot until I got lazy. XD

      • AGs in Alaska January 6, 2018 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        XD, yeah, I only journal when I really want to. I used to try to journal every day but it’s kind of stressful, so now I only do it when I have something to write.

        • Madi January 6, 2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

          Same! Trying to do it everyday just made it stressful. XD

  2. Maddie January 6, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    This was actually a very fascinating post for me! I mean all of yours are, but this one truly stood out to me. Because believe me, I can be a very, very negative person XD Sometimes you just say/do things before you realize it you know? Definitely me to a T. So I loved reading this, especially since I could relate. 🙂
    P.S. love the new profile pic, it’s so artsy fartsy !!?

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Aww, I’m so glad you liked it! Negativity is so easy to slip into — if I’m not careful I’ll catch myself moping and be like HEY WAIT A SECOND. XD Thank you so much for reading and commenting! <3

      P.S. Hehe, thank you very much! XD

  3. silverfoxstudios January 6, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Writing or taking photography always calms me down. When I write, I feel so alive and inspired to do great things. Or I listen to my favorite songs and just stare out the window thinking. But if the laptop or phone is dead, I read the best Book in world, the Bible. It instantly turns my bad day into a good day. Here’s a quote I apply to my every day life: Everyday may not be a good day, but there is good in everyday. So there’s your takeway for this post.

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      Oh my goodness, listening to music and staring out the window thinking is something I do literally every single day. XD Oh, yes! The Bible never fails to lift my spirits. I just started a new Bible reading plan for 2018 and wow is it ever awesome.

      That quote is so neat! Even the hardest days always have something you can appreciate about them. Thanks for commenting, Carlye!

      • silverfoxstudios January 6, 2018 at 6:45 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome. I also have a bible plan and every night or so, after reading the bible I’ll write out my favorite verses from that night. That really helps me to unwind after a long day. But sometimes I’ll stay up till 1 working on my novel. My friends tell me that I’m crazy to stay up that long for a novel. I then will answer and say, you can me that at my book signing when I’m famous for writing 14-16 Christian novels.

        • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:18 pm - Reply

          I read my Bible at nights, too! It helps me fall asleep a little easier. And HAHA, same here! YES, that’s the perfect thing to say. ???

  4. Julia January 6, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    This is a really great post! ?

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks for commenting! ☺️

  5. kaitlynrh1 January 6, 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Great post, Madi! 🙂

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Kaitlyn!

  6. Kendall January 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    I love this!! These are such good ideas for turning around a bad day! Mom has a quote hanging somewhere that says,
    “Gratitude and murmuring cannot abide in the same heart, at the same time.” <3
    I like to 180 a bad day by listening to music. Recently I have restricted myself from secular music, so I know that any time I turn on my iPod, it will be completely edifying. It works super well!

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Kendall!! Ah, that quote is so true!

      Praise and worship is such an awesome way to lift spirits! It works awesomely!

  7. Sara January 6, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    This is awesome, Madi! I really like this post. Being joyful no matter what the circumstance is always the right choice. 😀

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you so much, Sara! Yes, always. 😀

      • Sara January 7, 2018 at 9:19 am - Reply

        You’re so welcome! ?

  8. Josie January 6, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I like to gratitude journal. I read about it in the Lessons Learned book and I was like “well why not” and now I’m hooked. XD It pretty much does everything you said — focusing on the positive. Even if I’m in a grumpy mood, I force myself to find five good things to be extremely grateful for. Another thing is to be thankful for what’s going to happen — “today was a bad day, but I am thankful that I have another day to start over”.
    Also I don’t know if every tree is evergreen, the deciduous trees just have enough sun for photosynthesis or something like that. Then again, it could be different. I’ve never lived in a tropical climate HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO KNOW SUCH THINGS. Just kidding. Don’t listen to me. \_(‘ .’)_/

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Ohh, I used to do a gratitude journal! Then it grew into a journal in which I complained about everything then said I was grateful for something dumb. XD I finally turned it into my time with God journal. XD

      Nah, not every tree is an evergreen. XD Actually, some trees or some pars of trees do change colors, so I don’t know why I was calling every tree an evergreen. XDD WELL YOU NEED TO COME DOWN AND GET A TASTE OF TROPICAL CLIMATE.

      • Josie January 6, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

        I have a God journal and a gratitude journal ?

        • Madi January 6, 2018 at 6:24 pm - Reply

          Ooh so organized ?


  9. hnracademy January 6, 2018 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    This is such an amazing post! Thank you so much for writing it!

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  10. Emma ~ Dazzling Dollies January 6, 2018 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    This was a really great post, Madi! 🙂

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Emma!

  11. Maddy January 6, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Listening to music or taking a walk outside calms me down. I could literally listen to
    music and stare out the window for hours. XD This is a great post, Madi! Thanks for sharing.

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Same here!! XD Thank you so much for commenting, Maddy!

  12. Hope from AG Doll Dreams January 6, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Wow, awesome advice, Madi!!! Last year I totally was on a HUGE roller coaster of bad days, good days, and crazy days. This year, though, I realized that I AM SO BLESSED!!! There are people who are WAAAY worse off than me! That kinda altered my thinking! ? And wow, that’s such an amazing testimony about your pastors daughter, it really touched my heart. ?

    • Madi January 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Hope! YES, exactly! Hehe, I love getting my thinking altered in a good way. XD Aww, I’m glad you like it! It touches me, too. <3

  13. Abby Franklin January 6, 2018 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    This is so great! I’m not proud to say it but I’m a bit of a jerk sometimes when it comes to looking at what I have in a grateful and thankful way. Thanks for this post, it’s really encouraging! <3

    • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Abby! Same here. It takes work to be positive at first, but soon it becomes easy. Thank you so much for commenting!

  14. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) January 6, 2018 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    This was such a wonderfully, encouraging post! I printed our your ‘bad days’ quote for my bulletin board! Thank you for your uplifting words! 😀

    • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you SO much, Livy! And AWWW, really?? That makes my day so much!

    • Olivia Bell (aka Livy) January 15, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      I wanted to tell you, I shared this with my best friend Bella and she loved it and wanted me to tell you thank you for writing it! 😀 It really was an amazing article. 😉

      • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm - Reply

        Awwww, I’m so glad she liked it! Thanks so much for sharing the article! <3

  15. Chloë January 6, 2018 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Oh, thank you so much for this, Madi. I really needed it today.

    • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Awww, thank you so much for reading and commenting! <3

  16. Rebcake January 6, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    *begins applauding*
    It’s almost…it’s almost like this post was made for me! 😀 I’m a dramatic and sensitive and overly emotional person, so obviously 99.999999% of my days are “bad” days. Thanks for making me realize that they don’t have to be. <3

    • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      This post was made for me, too! XD Same here — us emotional drama queens have more of a tendency to look at days as “bad”. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! <3

  17. olivehiddenhollow January 6, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    *whispers* how can i shove this in my brothers face without him realizing….
    awwww, thats so bittersweet and sad! (and i was only a year old when she died wow….) (really olive you noticed THAT…) (whatever me…)
    I gotta go to bed, and I don’t remember if I had anything else to say. darn.
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      XDD Leave the page up when it’s his turn on the computer… XD

      ?? I was about to be six months old when she died.

  18. Allison January 6, 2018 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Excellent post, dear! And very, very true. I’ve been thinking about this lately, and the points you made were so good!

    • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you so much, Allison! <3

  19. Zielle January 6, 2018 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Amen, amen and amen!! Such a beautiful post, Madi! I was smiling the whole way. Bad days are good opportunities to look for the positiveness in things, because I think when everything goes our way, we get caught up in how amazing it is that we forget to thank God for His awesome blessings. <3 Thank you SO much for writing this! I think everybody needs to read this post. 🙂

    • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much, Zielle! That’s true — they’re awesome opportunities to do just that! <3 Awww, thank you SOO much for commenting! You're the sweetest.

      • Zielle January 11, 2018 at 11:16 pm - Reply

        You’re very welcome, Madi! <3 <3 <3 <3

  20. blackiesunshine January 7, 2018 at 1:54 am - Reply

    This post is great! Pessimism is awful. We must eradicate it. COMPLETELY. By doing whatever makes us happy. I’m usually unhappy with myself (weight, height, my face is shaped like a beach ball…etc) but whenever I feel bad, I remember my awesome eyes. I have central heterochromia, meaning my eyes have a brown ring around the pupil, then starkly change to green. It always makes me happy when I remember the awesome eyes God gave me. Self-confidence is hard to find in a world full of tweeting fashion models who want you to cake your face in makeup and wear crop tops. And if you think about it, lack of confidence = eventual pessimism = bad day.
    I’m going to use and share these tips and squeeze more lemons in the eyes of the Devil! XD
    “But I’ve heard it said that every mushroom cloud has a silver lining…” – Cave In, Owl City

    • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Tess! AND SO TRUE. It’s no coincidence I dealt with a major lack of confidence in 2015 as well, leading to many opportunities for bad days. I think now I deal with a very unhealthy amount of narcissism and self-confidence… whoops. ??

      YEAHHH! Squeeze those lemons! >:D XDD

      Aww, that’s such a great quote!

      • blackiesunshine January 9, 2018 at 10:12 am - Reply

        Thanks! But narcissim is slightly better, right? XD

        • Madi January 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

          In my opinion, yes! ?

  21. kirstyntodd January 7, 2018 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Our pastor was just preaching on a similar subject about self-pity. He told a story about a woman who was going to commit suicide. The woman called her best friend to say goodbye. Her friend tried to talk her out of it, but she couldn’t, so she had her get a paper and pen and start listing all of her blessings. Before she got to the bottom of the page, she realized that her life was important to God, so she shouldn’t end it. So, I guess anytime you’re feeling down, just start counting your blessings!


    • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      It’s shockingly powerful what just counting your blessings can do. What an awesome story!!

      • kirstyntodd January 9, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

        I know! A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, I guess. 😉

  22. Starling January 8, 2018 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Great post!! I’m so sorry about your pastor’s daughter. It’s amazing how she lived past the age where doctors expected her to die. It’s just really amazing 🙂

    • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Starling! Me, too — I’m sad she died, but she left such an awesome legacy of trusting God and defying natural circumstances behind her.

  23. EnniMorgan January 10, 2018 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I have no words, but this is a lovely post! It’s just lovely. 🙂 Also, that’s a really amazing story about your pastor’s daughter!

    • Madi January 12, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you so much, Enni! It is — it inspires me all the time.

  24. Hannah January 14, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Wow Madi that was amazing!

    • Madi January 15, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Aw, thank you so much, Hannah! You rock for reading and commenting!

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