Although there are a lot of sad events going on around the world, there are plenty of reasons why you shouldn't worry too much about them. We'd all love to bring about world peace, but it's not going to happen. Here are some reasons why you shouldn't worry too much about the world …
1. Can't Solve Everything
One of the reasons why you shouldn't worry too much about the world is that you can't solve everyone's problems. Even the most capable world leaders haven't yet managed to stop all the conflicts going on around the world, and new ones keep breaking out. So don't let these issues take over; it's pointless worrying yourself about things that you can't change.
It's important to know what is happening in the world, and not to pretend that bad things don't happen. But equally, we have to be aware of our limitations. Wishing that we could save the world is unrealistic and is just going to make us depressed. Don't be downhearted over things that you can't control.
3. You're Not Responsible
We wouldn't be human if we didn't have compassion for people who are suffering. But you shouldn't feel guilty that you were born in a country that lives at peace or that you are better off than millions of other people. You didn't create the problems, so don't take it upon yourself.
4. Be Realistic
Some people can get very down when they read of the terrible events going on in other countries. It becomes almost all-consuming in their minds. Unfortunately there is absolutely nothing that we can do to influence world events. As much as we hate to admit it, we simply don't have any power over them.
5. Many Positive Things
Although the news seems very depressing sometimes, what with all the crime and conflict, remember that it's far from being all bad. There are many good things going on in the world, and many people doing what they can to make it a better place. Think about what cheers you up and makes you smile - and do that for someone else.
6. Make a Small Difference
It's a lot easier to make small contributions to improving the lives of others than it is to save thousands of people. So although watching war and conflict may make you feel helpless, don't focus on that. Concentrate instead on making a difference on a small scale. Help your neighbors, do volunteering, do something to make your neighborhood a better place to live in.
7. Doesn't Affect You Personally
It's not being callous to say that things that are going on in another country are not going to affect you. Fact is, they don't affect you personally. And even events like the terrible recent plane crashes are very rare events, so don't panic that it's going to happen when you next fly.
Certainly, we should be aware of what is happening around the world. But we shouldn't let it take over our own lives, as that will make us very stressed and depressed about what is happening to other people. Focus instead on the small ways in which you can make the world a better place. What do you do to help other people out and make a difference?