It’s not just you. This past year and a half have been rough on most of us, and according to statistics about four in ten adults in the US have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, up from one in ten adults who reported these symptoms from January to June 2019. But as we slowly test the water, so do we feel a surge in optimism.
“The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life,” says the cliche—and it turns out there’s actual proof to it! Research shows that people who were pessimistic had a nearly 20 percent higher risk of dying over a 30-year period than those who were optimistic.
But how to stay positive in times of adversity? One proven way is cultivating a positive environment. And with most of us being online—the term “environment” serves to include social media. We can’t stress enough how important it is to cultivate a safe space within your social media pages.
In that regard, following the right people can make all the change. Here at Every Day Monkey, we aim to serve you the most uplifting of content, so you can make some room for positivity. This week we recommend following illustrator and typography artist Taylor Weaver. An optimistic if there ever was one, Weaver’s upbeat illustrations are filled with color, texture, and an overall sense of joy. This joy also comes across her chosen messages.
“I hope that my work is uplifting, funny, and sparks fun memories in people,” said Weaver in an interview with SD Voyager. “I hope it makes them feel good.”
“I hope people look at my work and get excited about it,” she went on to say. “I hope it sparks a drive in them to create something wonderful that they love and are passionate about. I hope it is motivating to other artists and connects with people who just love to look at art too.”