- Worse things happen at sea. Well yes they can do but this is of no help whatsoever to anyone stuck in the middle of their own personal hell. This goes for your characters too. I'd only get a character to say this if I wanted to show them as being irritating.
- Cheer up, look on the bright side, then bright things will happen. I doubt if this has been scientifcally tested (!) though I have a lot of sympathy with the idea to keep being positive. Negativity drains. How negative or otherwise are your characters and is this the effect you mean them to have?
- You look as miserable as sin. What happened? Could be a useful opening for a character to "sound off" here but only if the character that asked actually meant this. I doubt if they really want to hear chapter and verse as to what is really wrong. Could be comedic possibilities here as character on receiving end does sound off, regardless.
Are your characters capable of looking on the bright side or are they all miserable wotsits? Do any of your characters have a positive effect on others, helping to lift their mood? Some positive statements which might help (or irritate the hell out of a character, it really will depend on how you've portrayed them) include:-
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.