How does your environment affect your mood?
In the book, The Promise, written by Nicola Davies, a girl lives in a city of poverty. She describes everyone around her as hard and mean and the streets were all dark and dull. She believed she had become hard and mean as well. Because of the living conditions in the city, people resulted to theft and allowed the poverty they lived in to determine their mood and overall quality of life. One day, the girl had stolen a bag from an old woman, in a dark alley. The woman made her promise to plant what was in the bag. Not understanding, the girl agreed, she soon found the bag was full of acorns and as promised, she planted them. With time, many trees and plants of different colours grew throughout the whole city. She planted them in many other cities and believed it was a blessing. This did not change anybody’s financial situation but instantly brought colour and changed the atmosphere of the city. Humans are easily influenced by their surroundings and we need to help make the differences we want to see in our environment. This book shows how even a small change in the environment can affect our mood positively, despite other struggles in our life.