Feelings about 2016 are subjective — everyone feels differently.
But because of certain events, like the Tar Heels losing the national championship, the Panthers losing the Super Bowl and a long and vicious election season, 2016 has a lot of students collectively bummed out.
And that is valid, according to Jonathan Abramowitz, associate chairperson of the UNC Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.
“Being a member of our campus and living in North Carolina, there were some things that were challenging during the year,” Abramowitz said.
He said what matters going forward into 2017 is our perception of what happened last year.
“If somebody woke up the next morning and said, ‘Well, I can’t cope with this, our country is going to be terrible,’ and ‘I can’t live with this,’ they’re going to feel worse than if they say, ‘Well, this sucks but we’ll find a way to move forward, and I’ll find a way to survive, it won’t be as bad as I thought it will,’" Abramowitz said.
It circles around to the cliche “glass half empty/glass half full” argument.
But Abramowitz said it is not exactly about remaining positive all the time.
“I think it’s about finding a way to look at things logically rather than than just being positive,” he said.