I've been working for almost two years to turn the library culture, both on staff and patron sides, towards dwelling on the good in life. Challenges and problems need to be acknowledged, but I would rather be in a place where people frequently talk about the good things that happen and give people the benefit of the doubt than to work in a place where people rehearse the troubles of life and automatically assume someone is out to get them or did such and such because of negative reasons.
Today I saw that a staff person had put up in his personal workspace a photo collage with a positive quote - not a sappy placebo, but something that is both a challenge and an encouragement about living with integrity. There was no irony or sarcasm.
It brought me joy to see this 3 x 8 rectangle of smiles and positive focus. A little at a time, good is overtaking my library, pushing out displays of cynical ennui and I can breathe a little freer surrounded by such motivations.