Remember Reminder #2: Keep Your Chin Up

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#rememberreminder: Keep Your Chin Up

Surely this phrase is familiar to you. We’ve probably all been told this at least once in our lives, most likely after stumbling or struggling or falling just short of something.

This nostalgic idiom was first printed in an October 1900 edition of the Pennsylvania newspaper The Evening Democrat: “Keep your chin up. Don’t take your troubles to bed with you – hang them on a chair with your trousers or drop them in a glass of water with your teeth.” In other words, it’s best to drown your troubles and hang them out to dry.

This saying might seem silly, but when you think about it really does make sense — because when you keep your chin up, you can’t help but look up, too. And when you’re looking up, it makes it so much easier to move forward.

So if life’s got you down these days, just remember: Keep your chin up. It’ll get better. We promise.

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At the The Nostalgia Diaries, our goal is to help you simplify, enhance, and engage your lives by focusing on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.

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26 thoughts on “Remember Reminder #2: Keep Your Chin Up

  1. I love interesting trivia, which this is. I’ll be sharing it with everyone along with all my other fun facts, LOL. Love your website!

  2. As a history buff, I love the trivia tidbit you put in this. I agree that keeping my chin up literally helps lift my mood. Especially if I’m walking outside and look up to the sky, and realize that there’s a whole big world out there, and my troubles will pass soon enough.

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