Finding the Silver Lining

I know it’s tough to even think about a silver lining while we are in a pandemic almost 10 months with a second wave just beginning but it’s actually the most important time to do this exercise and find the silver lining in your life.

What is the silver lining? A sign of hope in an unfortunate, tough, gloomy time. It’s making lemonade out of lemons. It is going from “Why did this happen to me” to “What can I learn”.

In the Silver Lining exercise below, I asked the questions using COVID-19/Pandemic as the topic/situation, but it does not have to be used just for COVID-19. You can use this exercise when you are going through any tough/challenging time. Just change the wording. 

Questions to ask yourself to look at the bright side:
1. What did you take for granted before COVID-19 that you changed?
2.What part of this situation are you grateful for?
3. What positive changes did you make due to the pandemic that have become habits that you want to keep?  How did the pandemic positively affect you?
4. What’s important to you now that was not pre-pandemic?
5. How can I use this experience to grow? What did I learn about myself?
6. How can I use this situation as an opportunity?
 7. What parts of your life no longer work due to the pandemic that you’re happy you got rid of? 
8. What victories have you had during the pandemic? Even if it is just learning new technology! 
9. Did you and your family adopt any new traditions or routines you want to keep even after the pandemic?

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About Finding your happiness

Diane Lang, practicing therapist, national speaker, educator, and certified positive psychology coach, has her master’s degree in counseling and is an adjunct in psychology at Montclair State University. She has written three books, and has been featured in various publications, and on TV and Internet shows. Diane speaks on various mental and emotional health topics including Happiness, Resiliency, Stress management, Parenting Positive Aging, Anxiety, and Depression in both teens and adults. Diane also specializes in Positive Psychology Positive Education and Positive Parenting. Thousands of individuals have benefited from Diane’s motivational and educational speaking, trainings, and coaching. Her Hands-on approach along with her background, education and experience has proven to be beneficial to all who attend her presentation. To learn more on how you could bring Diane to your organization please email
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