It is hard to get caught up in negativity. An American society that constantly glorifies a select few and ignores everyone else. The media that seems to think that the only good news is bad news.
One of my professors from college told me that once in a while, he will go to a cafe, sit down for a while, and just write down the things he's grateful for. My sister told me about how she and her friend would email each other every day about what they were grateful for.
My sister and I have been doing the email exchange ourselves for the last couple months. We call it the "gratefulness thread." I like it a lot; a low-key way for me to remember the good and share in my sister's pleasures (small and large).