With all of the challenges of daily life, it can be all too easy to fall into a cynical “glass half-empty” mindset. But optimism is important to our overall well-being. Positive people are happier, healthier and more successful. It only takes a few small changes in your life to become more optimistic and overcome the poison known as pessimism.
Focus on the Rainbow Rather Than the Rainstorm
Even if you haven’t landed your dream job yet, chances are there are other things to appreciate about your current job—a chance to learn from a mentor, after work drinks fun coworkers, a short commute or health insurance. The same holds true for just about any situation. Don’t have a significant other? Perhaps that affords you more emotional and financial independence—you can buy that new Fendi without answering to anyone! Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, write down everything that you are grateful for in your life right now and focus on that.
Don’t Play the Blame Game
If you are unhappy with certain aspects of your life, don’t blame others. Take responsibility for your actions, learn from your mistakes and set clear goals to achieve success in the future.
Whether you prefer practicing the relaxation techniques of yoga or completing an adrenaline-filled run, exercise releases endorphins which boost your mood. Physical activity also helps you to stay present in the moment, rather than worrying about all of the “what-ifs” in life.
Get More Zs
Logging eight hours of sleep isn’t going to make you optimistic overnight, but it does affect your ability to regulate your emotions. When you don’t get enough shuteye, you are more likely to burst into tears, snap at people for no reason and focus on the negative. Having trouble sleeping? Try a bedroom makeover to get a better night’s rest and stay positive during daylight hours.