Embrace the positive

For strategies to get you there, reach out to the resources available through mySupport—including the newly added Talkspace

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This content is provided to Johns Hopkins employees through a partnership between mySupport and Resources for Living.

"When you love what you have, you have everything you need."

This anonymous quote is about life and satisfaction. It's about being grateful for and appreciative of the people and things you have in your life. Yet many people spend their lives wanting more—always seeing what's missing, what other people have, and wondering why they don't have it. That's a recipe for unhappiness.

Negativity versus positivity

Being happy with what you have doesn't mean you can't grow, achieve more, and improve your life. But it means you have a positive perspective, which can help you:

  • Be open to learning new things
  • Believe in your own abilities
  • Clarify your goals so you know what you want
  • Feel energetic and motivated

Negativity, on the other hand, is like carrying around a boulder. It can sap your energy and take the joy out of your life now. Negative people may better their lives, but they'll often miss out on everyday pleasures.

Embrace the positive

Focus on who and what you have in your life. A positive view will help you appreciate the here and now: the family, friends, pets, jobs, and other things that define your life.

A positive perspective also can help you think about your goals and dreams for the future. Embrace and appreciate all you've done and the potential ahead in your life.

Johns Hopkins–specific resources

Remember, you have more control than any other person over how you think and perceive yourself and the world around you. Take advantage of that power by thinking and speaking in a positive way. For strategies on harnessing the positive, reach out to the resources available through mySupport, your employee assistance program:


Johns Hopkins' employee assistance program, mySupport, is here for you and your household members 24/7, 365 days a year. Call mySupport at 443-997-7000 and select option 2 for free, confidential help and referrals.


MySupport has just added Talkspace as a digital option for you to access and receive employee assistance program services via text or televideo. To learn more, set up, or access services, navigate from the site or select your entity link below:

  • JHU Talkspace: User name and password are JHU.
  • JHHS Talkspace: User name and password are JHHS.