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Today, 21 December, is Look on the Bright Side Day.

Which is particularly amusing as today is saif to also be the last day of the Mayan calendar, leading many to believe that this is the day the world is going to end – not a particularly convincing case of looking on the bright side, is it?

The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades!(© All Rights Reserved)

The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!
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Why exactly this date was selected for Look on the Bright Side Day is not quite clear, but I won’t be surprised if it has something to do with the Winter Solstice, happening on this day in the northern hemisphere. Being the shortest day of the year for our northern friends, it means that from here things can only get better – days get longer, temperatures start rising, snow starts melting. Surely enough reason to look on the bright side.

Here in the southern hemisphere, on the other hand, 21 December is Summer Solstice – the longest day in the year, summer in full swing, nature bursting at the seams, and yet more reason to look on the bright side.

So, if you’re not bothered by the end of the world predictions, today is the day to remind yourself of everything good in your life, to look up, smile and be positive. For those preaching doom and gloom, perhaps this can be your personal winter solstice, and you can start looking on the bright side from tomorrow!

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