6 Tips for Finding OptimismIf you want to become a more optimistic person then you can take measures to think positively and spread that optimistic outlook to those around you. You have choices in your life. You can spend the day cleaning or spend the day listening to music or reading. You can go out to dinner or cook at home. You can have coffee with that long-lost friend or you can sit at home. You can find the good in people, or you can concentrate on their faults. Choices. You can decide to be positive. Being an optimistic person in a negative world begins with the decision to be positive and choosing to live that life every single day. Here are a few ways to do that.
#1: Find laughter.These days, it isn’t hard to find. With Youtube and social media, there is not shortage of memes, videos, vines, and more to get you crackalackin. You could also rent a funny movie, watch stand up comedy, or hangout with funny people. Laughter will lead you to smiling, and smiling will lead you to feeling good. Which brings us to our next point…
#2: Turn the frown upside down.It’s hard to believe that something as smiling can improve your mood, but studies have linked outward acts of happiness to an internal shift. Practice by looking in the mirror and smiling, even it if feels cheesy, stupid, and inauthentic. Hold your smile for a minute, two minutes, five minutes…see how long you can go. Start the day off with a smile, and make a conscious effort to smile more.
#3: Use positive words.Studies have shown and confirmed what spiritual traditions have long held regarding the power of the tongue: words can literally shape the reality around us. If you want to build a more positive vibe, try using more positive words. Eliminate negative talk about yourself, and others as well.
#4: Find positive people.The impact of those we hang out with is enormous. Avoid negative influences and people who bring your down with complaining and criticism. Misery loves company, the old adage goes, and these people will quickly bring you into a downward spiral. Find friends who are upbeat, positive, and happy, and their resilience and optimism will pass on to you.
#5: Stay healthy.If you’re feeling tired and sick, it’s easy to get irritable and negative. By contrast, try maintaining an active lifestyle of healthy choices that can maximize your energy levels and build you up. It’s easier to be upbeat and happy when you feel good inside and out.
#6: Don’t believe it was better beforeGoogle defines optimism as “hopefulness and confidence about the future.” That can be difficult in challenging times, but don’t be fooled by looking back to a golden age that never was. You had problems back then too – you’ve just tuned them out. In any event – all you have is memories and the future.
By all means look back – but create a store of positive thoughts, memories, mementos. Photos of loved ones and happier times – just make the most of now.
“There is no point in hoping for what one doesn’t have without enjoying what one does have”
Positive thinking brings with it a whole host of benefits, such as better wellbeing and better sleep. Choosing to be optimistic offers surprising benefits. A study from the University of Pittsburgh concluded that women who had an optimistic outlook had a 30 percent lower risk of heart disease.
So why not be an optimist? It seems like the best approach to life.