Be positive; increase negativity.
“It could be worse.”
I hear that a lot. And think it works, too. Like when the significant other texts something passive aggressive, I think: at least we’re not meth addicts with six kids, horrendous debt, poor taste in music and an abortion on the way. Or when the ticketing network at work fails, I consider the infrastructure of the United States and what a cataclysmic earthquake off the coast of Oregon could do to fuck the last livable city (Portland) in this big stupid country. Everything is terrible, but it could be worse.
Doesn’t that feel better?
No? Well, it could be worse…