By Vincent Carlos, Guest Blogger

As humans, we tend to get ourselves in a lot of unnecessary mental trouble as a result of our imagination. For example, we experience something trivial, such as sitting in traffic or waiting in line, and then make it worse in our heads than it actually is.

But, more often than not, we do this because we forget how little our problems actually are in comparison to the world around us. This is why having perspective can be truly helpful.

What kind of perspective am I talking about? The Cosmic perspective. In the book “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says something really interesting.

“There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on any beach, more stars than seconds have passed since Earth formed, and more stars than words and sounds ever uttered by all the humans who ever lived.”

I find this quote absolutely mind blowing because it helps us to imagine how big our universe actually is and how small we are in comparison. The enormity of our universe may be a depressing thought to some people because of how insignificant it makes people feel, but I think it’s liberating. And so does Tyson.

Tyson says,

“Consider an adult who tends to the traumas of a child: spilled milk, a broken toy, a scraped knee. As adults we know that kids have no clue of what constitutes a genuine problem, because inexperience greatly limits their childhood perspective. Children do not yet know that the world doesn’t revolve around them. As grown ups, dare we admit to ourselves that we, too, have a collective immaturity of view?”

Whatever problems you have right now, it’s always easier to overcome them when you learn to put things into perspective.

And by having a better understanding of how big the universe is, your problems won’t seem like such a big deal to you.

So, if you’re feeling down about something, I recommend you go outside tonight and just look up at the stars. Doing this simple exercise will help you overcome any emotional hurdles you experience on a daily basis.

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