“Is life good?”

In a world of infographics brimming and teeming with information, this one, I personally feel, has stood out to me the most:

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There is just something about this simplistic design that really hits home.

“Is life good?”

“Yes.”

“Good.”

And that’s truly the end of it, isn’t it? If life is good, then life is good. There is no need to overcomplicate things, and I know I’m probably preaching to the choir while simultaneously acting as a hypocrite – you see, as two parts organization control-freak and one part perfectionist, I have a tendency to overanalyze everything. And I literally mean everything.

He just texted me “k.” He must be mad at me.

I just introduced myself to a complete stranger, and she said, “Oh! You’re Liv? I’ve heard so much about you!” What kind of things has she heard about me? Who was her source? Were they credible? What if they weren’t? Breathe, breathe, breathe…

The teacher asked for a “short answer” response. Does that mean they want a paragraph? Or are they really looking for an essay? And if the answer is “a paragraph,” what do they count as a paragraph? Five sentences? Eight? Twelve? And if they are looking for more of an essay format, are we talking three paragraphs? Or five? Or MORE!?

…you get the idea.

But what if you read the infographic in this way?

“Is life good?”

“No.”

“Change something.”

“Is life good?”

This pattern can be a continuous one, depending on how you answer the question each time. If you constantly find yourself saying “no,” even after you’ve changed something – whether it be a habit, relationship, etc. – this infographic suggests you keep changing pieces of your life until you can finally answer the question with a solid “YES.” And what better advice than that, right?

This simple reminder to stop overanalyzing is one I know I definitely need: maybe he just didn’t have anything else to say other than “k,” maybe she heard good things about me from one of my friends in a class last semester, and maybe the teacher really just wants a “short answer,” whether that be three sentences or a five-paragraph essay?

I hope this infographic can speak to you, too, and until next time: “Is life good?”