Call me silly, but I have always loved the children's song "I Care" by Tom T. Hall.
When I first heard the song, I was old enough to know it wasn't meant for me specifically, but I was still really moved by it. "Wow! This man knows how I sometimes feel!" I thought. There have been many moments since then that those words have come back to me.
I'm a firm believer in making my own optimism, embracing gratitude, or finding the good in any situation if I can. I'm not a fan of optimism to the exclusion of all else, which is why I think I so enjoy this song. It says that in the midst of all the bad stuff, there is someone who cares.
If you are of a creative mindset, or even if you are not, I encourage you to write a song for yourself -- your very own "I Care" song. It doesn't have to rhyme, or even be singable, although it can. It should express a problem or problems, and should express caring. Maybe you'll want to write about feeling sluggish and not working out, or feeling deprived when you can't eat unhealthy foods you crave. It may sound a little odd, but you may find yourself transformed simply by the act of caring for yourself.
If you give it a try, we'd love to hear about it. Just leave us a comment below.