Are you a “glass half empty” kind of person?
Maybe you consider yourself to be a realist, or you think you’re more of a pessimist. Either way, you might find that life gets a little more enjoyable when you can take a more optimistic approach to things.
Research suggests that optimists actually enjoy a range of lifestyle and health benefits just because they look on the brighter side.
If you’re an optimist, you’re more likely to have better health, both mentally and physically, reduced stress, and more determination to reach your goals.
So, how do you be more optimistic? It all starts with approaching life in a positive frame of mind.
How to Tackle Life with More Optimism
We can all have moments where we feel down in the dumps about something. You might have a bad night’s sleep and suddenly struggle to see anything in a positive light. Maybe a negative experience at work has given you a sour taste in your mouth.
However, when pessimism takes over everything you do, it’s hard to find the joy in life.
While you don’t have to be happy-go-lucky all the time, you can take steps to actively increase the amount of optimism you bring into your world.
1. Give yourself more credit. How often do you sell yourself short? When something goes right in your world, do you admit it’s because of something that you’ve done, or do you assume it has nothing to do with you?
When something good happens, take a minute to stop and analyze your thought process. Ensure that you give yourself credit for making that positive thing happen.