If you’re having a bad day, just remember, it could always be worse. In difficult times, I often tell myself this as well. But my favorite piece of advice on staying motivated comes from Scottish comedian Limmy. He once said, “If this has been the worst year of your life, that means next year will be even better. If it gets worse, then congratulations, this hasn’t been the worst year of your life.”

Served in true Scottish fashion, it’s a blunt but honest way to encourage yourself. You’re probably not going to see Limmy’s inspirational words on Pinterest boards any time soon though. Maybe it’s better to frame your situation against others. Yeah, sure, you had a bad day but was it as bad as smashing a brand new phone that wasn’t even taken out of its box? True story — we’ve got the pics to prove it.

Here’s our compilation of people who probably felt like they were having the worst day ever. It makes us realize that maybe we don’t have it so bad after all. But if you’re looking for motivational quotes after all, there’s some from Bored Panda here, here, and here to help you get by.

#1

Went Into My Attic Looking For A Water Leak Coming Into My Living Room And It Appears That I'm With Whatever Monstrosity Left This Behind. It's Soft To The Touch So I'm Assuming It's Still Around

Went Into My Attic Looking For A Water Leak Coming Into My Living Room And It Appears That I'm With Whatever Monstrosity Left This Behind. It's Soft To The Touch So I'm Assuming It's Still Around

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

So where did you go after you burned the house down?

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It’s ok, everyone has a bad day from time to time. Maybe you were late for work or school and everything just went downhill from there. It feels like one small mishap can set off a chain reaction to ruin the rest of your day.

It’s even worse if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and don’t even know why you feel down — you already know it’s going to be a tough one. Although many might think of this as just an expression, it’s a real phenomenon and scientists believe it has a detrimental effect on our well-being. 

#2

Do Not Order Your Toilet Paper From The Wish App

Do Not Order Your Toilet Paper From The Wish App

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Pablo Simmo
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1 year ago

Is this for hamsters?

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A study was completed by Pennsylvania State University looking at how these feelings in the morning impact our performance for the rest of the day. Their results were published in a paper aptly titled Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed: The Effects of Stress Anticipation on Working Memory in Daily Life

The two-week study involved 240 adults completing reports on their emotional well-being at different times throughout the day. These reports (known as ecological momentary assessments) aimed to capture how an individual was feeling in the moment, especially in regards to stress. The reports were to be completed at random times throughout the day. The only exceptions were the morning and end-of-day ones which also asked participants if they were anticipating being stressed ahead of time. 

#3

Can’t Explain To My Cats The Gravity Of What They’ve Done

Can’t Explain To My Cats The Gravity Of What They’ve Done

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

You're in quarantine with absolutely nothing to do. The cats changed that.

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#4

These Guys Managed To Get Into A Crash On An Empty Street Next To A Closed Gas Station

These Guys Managed To Get Into A Crash On An Empty Street Next To A Closed Gas Station

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Dutch VanZandt
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1 year ago

That takes a degree of skill, that does...

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After the participants logged their states, they were asked to complete a small ‘working memory’ test. An example of this could be trying to recount numbers that flashed on a screen briefly. The results from their study highlighted what anticipating stress in the morning does to people.

“Waking up on the wrong side of the bed” (or being ready to feel stressed) appeared to have a knock-on effect on participants’ working memory tests throughout the day. Although being stressed normally had an effect on their test performance, reporting negative feelings from the start of the day influenced their behaviors far more than anything else. So, science has confirmed that having a bad day isn’t completely the universe throwing you a curveball.

#5

That Online Session Didn't Go Well Then. Not Surprised At All, These Next Few Weeks Are Going To Be Hell For Teachers & Parents

That Online Session Didn't Go Well Then. Not Surprised At All, These Next Few Weeks Are Going To Be Hell For Teachers & Parents

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JessG
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1 year ago

Haha!!! This one is funny

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#6

Poor Kid

Poor Kid

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JessG
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree with this kid, CORONA, you are the F-WORD

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Staying motivated can be tricky, but there’s always a way to get through. According to Bo Muchoki, a motivational speaker, being optimistic is tantamount to getting through difficult times. He said, “You can’t control the painful situations that life puts in your path. All that you can control is your mental response to the painful situations that you find yourself in.”

#7

Governor Just Ordered All “Non Life Sustaining” Businesses To Close, Including Construction And Contractors. This Is The Current State Of My Only Bathroom

Governor Just Ordered All “Non Life Sustaining” Businesses To Close, Including Construction And Contractors. This Is The Current State Of My Only Bathroom

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littlesaresare
Community Member
1 year ago

One would think functional plumbing would be considered an essential service...

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#8

My Kiddo Cut His Hair Yesterday, Then Agreed To Let Me Have A Little Fun With It Before We Fixed It

My Kiddo Cut His Hair Yesterday, Then Agreed To Let Me Have A Little Fun With It Before We Fixed It

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What does a Foxxxy say?
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a preview of what's to come about 50 years from now!

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#9

My Husband Has Been Home 24/7 For A Whole Three Days And My Dog Is A Full On Traitorous Bastard. It’s Like I Don’t Exist. This Is Crap

My Husband Has Been Home 24/7 For A Whole Three Days And My Dog Is A Full On Traitorous Bastard. It’s Like I Don’t Exist. This Is Crap

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Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
1 year ago

dat bicep tho

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“Your mental response to the tough situations that you find yourself in is huge,” he continued. “Whether you choose a negative mentality or a positive mindset to interpret your pain determines how well you fare in life.”

“The only difference between those who crumble into sadness, helplessness, depression, hopelessness, and defeat in tough times and those who rise above their pain is a positive mindset.”

#10

Today My Partner Learned That You Shouldn’t Put Off A Haircut Until The Only Person Left To Do It Is Your Girlfriend

Today My Partner Learned That You Shouldn’t Put Off A Haircut Until The Only Person Left To Do It Is Your Girlfriend

I have never even trimmed my own ends. He calls this look “Cambodian garbage Hitler.”

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Bitch Cassidy
Community Member
1 year ago

Cambodian Garbage Hitler is an amazing name. I might name my next kid after you!

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#11

The Dental School I Was About To Visit Has Been Shut Down For The Next Month. Wish Me Luck

The Dental School I Was About To Visit Has Been Shut Down For The Next Month. Wish Me Luck

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 year ago

His situation is already bad enough, but what would happen if someone gets a heavy or excruciating toothache and there is no dentist available?

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#12

So My Fridge Doors Just Fell Off

So My Fridge Doors Just Fell Off

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Juririn
Community Member
1 year ago

HOW?

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Whether it’s meditation or motivational quotes, everyone has their own ways of changing their mindsets. Our loyal readers tell us that Bored Panda always helps to lift them up when having a bad day. Of course, we love to cover inspiring stories, but at the same time, reflecting on the difficult times helps us to stay focused on the better ones. Just remember, it could always be worse. 

#13

Switch On TV. It Decides To Just Die

Switch On TV. It Decides To Just Die

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Lucka Rakowska
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect time to get out of the TV monster trap ;) read a book

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#14

My Plumbing Is Fine, Thanks For Asking

My Plumbing Is Fine, Thanks For Asking

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

So you switched to waterpower. How is that working for you?

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#15

Can You Spare A Square?

Can You Spare A Square?

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What does a Foxxy say?
Community Member
1 year ago

Very clever, I love it.

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#16

Girlfriend's Grad Cancelled, So She’s Picking Up Her Degree From The Student Desk

Girlfriend's Grad Cancelled, So She’s Picking Up Her Degree From The Student Desk

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm clapping and cheering for you from a distance.

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#17

Bought 60 Doughnuts For The Office Today To Celebrate My 20th Birthday, Only To Be Told Not To Come In For The Next Week

Bought 60 Doughnuts For The Office Today To Celebrate My 20th Birthday, Only To Be Told Not To Come In For The Next Week

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Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

Well thats breakfast taken care of, whats for lunch ;)

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#18

Lost His Blueberries

Lost His Blueberries

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Becky Moore
Community Member
1 year ago

He's so sad! Plus his shopping cart is almost empty so he was probably already sad :(

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#19

HS Teacher Remote Teaching. Our Platform Generates Unique Classroom Codes For Each Course. For My Course, I Have To Screenshot And Send "Jizzin' To God" To All My Students

HS Teacher Remote Teaching. Our Platform Generates Unique Classroom Codes For Each Course. For My Course, I Have To Screenshot And Send "Jizzin' To God" To All My Students

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Ninja Kitty
Community Member
1 year ago

On the brighter side, Your Students might think your cool!

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#20

Bathroom Flooded And I Lost Four Good Men

Bathroom Flooded And I Lost Four Good Men

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Francis
Community Member
1 year ago

let them dry and still use them?

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#21

My Buddy Was Cleaning Out His Desk And Found A $50 Gift Card From Another Era

My Buddy Was Cleaning Out His Desk And Found A $50 Gift Card From Another Era

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Becky Moore
Community Member
1 year ago

Haha! I used to work at Blockbusters. Best job ever! $50 would have bought you a shitload of stuff! :P

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#22

Angry French Noises

Angry French Noises

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Becky Moore
Community Member
1 year ago

Angry French noises! Love it!!

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#23

We Were Getting Our Kitchen Redone When The Workers Just Left. We Currently Are Living With A Toaster Oven And A Sink

We Were Getting Our Kitchen Redone When The Workers Just Left. We Currently Are Living With A Toaster Oven And A Sink

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Cathelijne van Weelden
Community Member
1 year ago

Order a camping stove online! I did this when my kitchen was being renovated

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#24

As A Single Man Who Has Eaten Out Pretty Much Every Day Since I Was 19, This Whole "Fend For Yourself " Plan Is Utter Crap

As A Single Man Who Has Eaten Out Pretty Much Every Day Since I Was 19, This Whole "Fend For Yourself " Plan Is Utter Crap

You see this? This is instant oatmeal and I messed it up. There is no hope for me. Stay healthy, folks.

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K. Margarete
Community Member
1 year ago

It's probably a good thing that now you have to learn to cook

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#25

I'm Regretting Panic Buying $100 Worth Of Legos To End Up With My Children Ignoring Them And Instead Playing With A Cardboard Box And A Can Lid For The Last 2 Hours

I'm Regretting Panic Buying $100 Worth Of Legos To End Up With My Children Ignoring Them And Instead Playing With A Cardboard Box And A Can Lid For The Last 2 Hours

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dev mehta
Community Member
1 year ago

That is so cute...just let them play.

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#26

Had To Say Goodbye To An Old Friend Today. I’ve Had It For About 11 Years And It Finally Gave In. Rest In Peace, Buddy, And Thanks For All The Incredible Memories

Had To Say Goodbye To An Old Friend Today. I’ve Had It For About 11 Years And It Finally Gave In. Rest In Peace, Buddy, And Thanks For All The Incredible Memories

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Kendra Keller
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh wow! Completely forgot about the red ring of death

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#27

I Didn’t Partake In The Toilet Paper Panic. Maybe I Should Have?

I Didn’t Partake In The Toilet Paper Panic. Maybe I Should Have?

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I'll let you in on a secret. Water is cheaper, cleaner, more hygienic and better for the environment. Win win win win situation.

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#28

Dropped My Charger Cable Behind The Desk To Then Go And Plug It In - It Landed On The Power Strip. And Turned It Off. My Computer Was On That. And So Was My Work

Dropped My Charger Cable Behind The Desk To Then Go And Plug It In - It Landed On The Power Strip. And Turned It Off. My Computer Was On That. And So Was My Work

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't trust Trust. Never trust Trust. It's the only company in the world that can be accused of false advertising by just showing their name.

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#29

Someone Forgot Their Bag Full Of Groceries

Someone Forgot Their Bag Full Of Groceries

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jamie1707
Community Member
1 year ago

That's awful. The poor soul who lost it is most likely freaking out.

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#30

Someone Threw A Rock Through My Front Window At 4 In The Morning

Someone Threw A Rock Through My Front Window At 4 In The Morning

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Hailtobaphomet
Community Member
1 year ago

What the fuck is wrong with people

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#31

My Friend Went To The Apple Store Today Because He Broke His iPhone XS Both Front And Back. They Told Him That Because Of Corona The Repair Service Was Temporarily Closed. He Then Chooses To Buy The 11 Pro Which He Then Dropped When Opening The Box

My Friend Went To The Apple Store Today Because He Broke His iPhone XS Both Front And Back. They Told Him That Because Of Corona The Repair Service Was Temporarily Closed. He Then Chooses To Buy The 11 Pro Which He Then Dropped When Opening The Box

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Marie-Stephane Art
Community Member
1 year ago

those phones are way too fragile

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#32

Behold, 125 Kazoos With Our Wedding Date On Them That Arrived At Our Door The Day We Emailed Everyone To Tell Them The Wedding Was Postponed

Behold, 125 Kazoos With Our Wedding Date On Them That Arrived At Our Door The Day We Emailed Everyone To Tell Them The Wedding Was Postponed

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Juririn
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, it will be a wedding Tokyo Olympics style...

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#33

Never Ordered Groceries To Be Delivered. I Just Wanted Three Bananas

Never Ordered Groceries To Be Delivered. I Just Wanted Three Bananas

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Fran Morasco
Community Member
1 year ago

When life gives you bananas ———-

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#34

That Was The Last Bottle

That Was The Last Bottle

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

One bottle wouldn't have been enough anyway....

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#35

We Had One Roll Left. Kids...

We Had One Roll Left. Kids...

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Ryan Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

Just die. There’s no point anymore.

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#36

My Door Was Being Repaired When The Repair Man Suddenly Left In A Panic

My Door Was Being Repaired When The Repair Man Suddenly Left In A Panic

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hobbitly
Community Member
1 year ago

and he left his tools and shoes? Seems unlikely.

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#37

My Son Clogged The Toilet. Then This

My Son Clogged The Toilet. Then This

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 year ago

Another way is to boil water and pour it in, wait 1 min roughly then try flushing agn (worked when my kid did an enormous one!)

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#38

It's Better Than Nothing

It's Better Than Nothing

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Vanessa
Community Member
1 year ago

that’s like 0.5 ply

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#39

Can't Get Anyone To Get Our New Kitchen Fitted. No Oven, Stove, Nothing

Can't Get Anyone To Get Our New Kitchen Fitted. No Oven, Stove, Nothing

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ERIKA H.
Community Member
1 year ago

Pharmacies arw still open, sometimes they sell cheapy toasters and microwaves

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#40

So, I'm Stuck At Here In Italy With Already Not Much To Do, And This Morning My Gpu Decided To Just Fry

So, I'm Stuck At Here In Italy With Already Not Much To Do, And This Morning My Gpu Decided To Just Fry

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Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

That's actually a resistor

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