“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”– Dalai Lama XIV
Optimist tend to do better in life. They are more positive and don’t get as depressed as a pessimist. In addition, optimists are healthier and cope better and a study found they may live longer too.
So how do we become more optimistic every day? Here are 5 tips to help you.
- Find an optimist – make friends with them and learn how they do it. Optimists are upbeat and supportive. Their positive thought process guides their actions and their life. Being around them will help you learn to alter the way you think and do things. Watch and listen. See how they handle disappointment and problems. A positive outlook can make all the difference.
- Stay away from the negative people and your own negative thoughts – We all have people who find something wrong with everything. It’s hard to be positive around someone who is always complaining. Limit your time with them. The same goes for your negative thoughts. When you feel them coming on, stop yourself and instead focus on a more positive thought. It won’t happen overnight but regular practice can help you get in the habit of being more positive. It can make a real difference.
- Tune into your feelings – what makes you feel good? If you’re feeling positive, what happened to make you feel that way? Get in the habit of starting each day with a positive thought or quote. It can be as simple as ‘Thank you’.
- Glass Half Full –Seeing the world with an attitude that your glass is half full makes you happier. Expecting good things can lead you to take actions that actually make good things happen for you. If you only expect bad things, guess what? You don’t do anything and nothing good happens. Glass half full is the way to go!
- Be satisfied with where you are now – it’s good to strive to be better. But focusing on what’s wrong won’t get you to a better place. Focus on what’s good about you, your job, your life and move forward from there.
“For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”
– Winston Churchill