Many blogs are often criticised for only showing the happy side of life as if not talking about day to day stresses and those days you feel a bit down is wrong. The whole thinking behind this blog and my previous one, was to look on the bright side of life and especially the bright side of expat life.
For people who know me personally, they know that my time in Berlin was a struggle but the positivity of my blog and the research I did for it helped me look on life with a more positive framework. When I first returned to Copenhagen and decided to start writing this blog I planned to keep that positive vibe going. It was a lot easier in a city that I felt so positive about but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t days when I feel a bit low, or stressed or angry at life but having this space to go to and share happy things puts life into perspective.
I often joke that if it hasn’t happened on Instagram or on my blog reading list then I don’t know about it. This is a little tongue in cheek as I do follow current affairs but I often find that the world outside the shiny happy world of Instagram and blogs is a bit dark and depressing and frightens me about the kind of world in which I live and in which I have very little control over what happens. So I retreat into making one tiny corner of this world a little happier and brighter – for me and for my readers.
When I first started this blog, and before I had gained any real following or positive comments about the content, I was approached to contribute to an expat portal. I wrote an observational piece about life here in Copenhagen and it was rejected as being too positive and that by being positive I would be doing the readers of the portal a disservice. (I later published it here to a good response.) I wondered then, and still do, as to why something has to be negative to be valid? I realise that in reality there are good and bad things in life but by focussing on the bad it just gives it more air to breath. I recall speaking to an expat from Canada who was very happy with life here in Copenhagen – that was until she met with some disgruntled expats and she suddenly found herself feeling less positive as their negativity seeped into her mind. Happily she realised this and resisted it.
You can much more easily find negative thoughts about living in Copenhagen as an expat than positive so perhaps by writing positive things about life, bloggers like myself are actually the ones giving the much needed alternative view.
What do you think, is positivity underrated?