“Life is a creation of the mind.” –Buddha
We live in a world where there is a constant barrage of stressful situations and negative influences. Each day we wake up, too often in a rush, concerns already on our mind. Or, groggy and tired with a feeling of dissatisfaction and low energy.
Now, I’m sure there are a great many who wake up, thank God for blessing them with another day and begin with joy and love and self-care.
That sounds so much more real and beautiful, to me, and I think it’s the kind of start to a day that leads to a successful, and fulfilling life.
So, what is it that makes the difference?
We’ve all heard the philosophical question “is your glass half empty, or half full?”
This is to say that seeing your glass as half full leads to a more optimistic outlook while half empty is the pessimistic perspective. The latter is simply put, a negative view and serves no purpose except that of breeding more of the same.
Research has found that a negative outlook can contribute to everything from depression to heart disease, affect sleep, weight maintenance and lower immune system function. It can even affect the quality of your relationships, your social life, and your brain.
Now imagine what it would feel like to approach life from a place of positivity, fun, connection, health, and possibility. Here’s where having more optimism can make a huge difference! Derived from the Latin word optimum meaning “best thing”, optimism is simply a better choice. With this way of thinking we live with more hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.
Today’s Effort- Make The Positive Switch
To encourage more optimism, try a few of these ideas:
- Go complaint-free. Try going an hour without complaining and see the positive things in your life. Next, try a day, a week, and so on.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each evening, list 10 or more things that you are grateful for.
- Find beauty around you. There is life, nature, art; what is gorgeous to you?
- Give compliments freely. Notice the unique and good in others. Praise the next person you are in contact with.
- Laugh. Laughter can actually change your mood. Make yourself laugh for a couple of minutes and watch how quickly it becomes real joy!
Maintaining a positive outlook takes practice, and the more you do it, the easier it gets. The results of a happier, healthier life—is absolutely worth the effort.
Countless studies have been conducted on optimism. The vast majority of them support the same conclusions: optimism is healthy! New findings suggest that efforts to boost optimism, have been associated to those living with stronger immune systems, healthier behaviors and healthier ways of coping with life challenges.
Make optimism part of your daily life and share the ways you stay positive with others! Cheers to You seeing your glass half full!
Be Proud of yourself!
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