“I accept the good things that are coming my way.” “I am resilient.” “I choose to make myself happy.” “Done is better than perfect.” “My past does not define my future.”
Do you speak to yourself optimistically often? An optimist sees good and positivity in everything, often feeling confident and hopeful about what the future will bring. Conversely, a pessimist sees the worst in everything or believes the worst will happen. The difference between the two is not about who has a more positive attitude; it’s all about how you cope. Studies show that optimists tend to live about 15% longer than pessimists. "An optimistic attitude helps us be happier, more successful, and healthier. Optimism can protect us against depression-even for people at risk for it. An optimistic outlook makes people more resistant to stress" (kidshealth.org). If that’s not enough, research shows that optimists tend to earn a higher income and have more successful relationships. So, if an optimistic attitude is all it takes to live a potentially healthier life, why don’t more people think positively? Well, maybe thinking positively doesn’t come easy for everyone. If you have trouble looking on the bright side, here are some tips for you:
Practice positive self-talk: Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Speak to yourself in an optimistic and encouraging way.
Focus on the present moment: Avoid dwelling on past failures or worrying about future problems. Stay present and focus on what you can control in the moment.
Surround yourself with positive people: Spend time with people who have a positive outlook on life. Their optimism can be contagious.
Find the silver lining: Look for the positive aspects in difficult situations. Even the toughest circumstances can have some positive elements to them.
Practice gratitude: Focus on the things you are grateful for in life. Keep a gratitude journal and write down three things you are grateful for each day.
Visualize a positive future: Imagine yourself achieving your goals and living your best life. This can help you stay motivated and optimistic about your future.
Take care of your physical health: Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and get enough sleep. A healthy body can lead to a healthier mind and a more positive outlook.
Learn from failures: Instead of seeing failures as negative experiences, view them as opportunities for growth and learning.
Be flexible: Life is unpredictable, and things don't always go as planned. Stay adaptable and be willing to adjust your plans and expectations.
Find joy in small things: Appreciate the little things in life, like a beautiful sunset or a good cup of coffee. Focusing on small moments of joy can help you maintain an optimistic attitude.
Being optimistic is not about ignoring reality or pretending that everything is perfect. It's about choosing to focus on the good and positive aspects of life and finding hope and resilience in the face of challenges. If you find it difficult to adopt an optimistic mindset, don't worry, you're not alone. Remember, even the most optimistic people have bad days. But with practice and determination, you can train your mind to see the bright side of things more often. And if you're really struggling, don't be afraid to seek counseling.
If you're ready to change your perspective and become a more optimistic person, reach out for professional help. With the right tools and support, you can shine a light on the positive aspects of your life and enjoy the many benefits that come with an optimistic attitude. The mind is a powerful tool and when trained to think optimistically, it could change your life- (not bad)! What are you waiting for, your rose colored glasses are waiting for you!