The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. Marcel Pagnol
Past: Take off the rose colored glasses and look at the past with fresh eyes. Where was there injustice? Where was there suffering? What can you do today so that these things will not happen again?
Present: Today isn’t as bad as you think it is. It may not be perfect. It may be rough, but you’ve survived everything else life’s thrown at you. You can survive this, too. Knowing that the present isn’t that bad keeps you from sinking into despair induced inaction. So, ask yourself, “Despite my struggles, where is there joy and opportunity? What can I give now to create more joy and opportunity?”
Future: Today’s actions create the future, so what can you give to yourself and of yourself that will create a better future?
Give, because the past wasn’t that good. There is something you can do today to address a problem in the past and create a better future.