NEW YORK – Optimistic people are likely to have healthier hearts, better stress-management tendencies and lower risk for stroke compared to their glass-half-empty-seeing counterparts.
Fortunately, there are some ways to get your positive gears turning. These 10 tips for living more optimistically.
1. Have Gratitude
It all starts with counting our blessings. If you are not grateful for the good things in your life, you will never be satisfied. Take inventory of the good around you. But don’t neglect what’s not great, either: You also need to be grateful for the hardships, the obstacles, the failures. Why? Because these are the points of wisdom in your life.
2. Share Your Stories
We all have the capacity to live optimistically just by sharing our life’s adventures, our successes and even our failures. Just knowing others have been in the same boat and have persevered is comforting. It spreads a message of hope, and hope is the main ingredient in optimism.
This is easier said than done but you need to forgive those that have affected your ability to find the silver linings. This is the easiest way to forgive and move on is to reflect on the fact that the past is the past. Just look at it this way.
4. Be A Better Listener
When you listen you open up your ability to take in more knowledge versus blocking the world with your words or your distracting thoughts. You are also demonstrating confidence and respect for others. Knowledge and confidence is proof that you are secure and positive with yourself thus radiating positive energy.
5. Turn Envy And Jealousy Into Energy
When we envy others we are only hurting ourselves. The universe does not owe you because someone else is better off than you. Channel that energy into building your personal and professional brand.
6. Smile More, Frown Less
When we smile we are creating a happy, stimulating environment around us that draws others in. Frowning, on the other hand, shuts people out and has the opposite effect.
7. Exercise, Eat A Healthy Diet And Take In Vitamin D
This may be common advice, but we all need some form of exercise and sunlight every day even — if it’s only for 15 minutes. Consider balanced meals and don’t push away those fruits and vegetables. The energy we get from exercise, a healthy diet, and light exposure gives us focus, clarity and a naturally positive demeanor.
8. Be A Positive Forward Thinker
Positive forward thinking is the ability to apply it to today or yesterday and be hopeful that tomorrow will be better.
9. Stop Blaming Others
It is so easy to blame others for our position in life. People blame the economy, politicians, bosses, and all types of third parties for their problems. Once you truly accept that you control who you are, you will find that optimism and success come naturally.
10. Understand That The Past Is Not A Blueprint For The Future
Just because you’ve experienced adversity in your life does not mean that what starts badly will end badly. Do not make bad experiences a self-fulfilling prophecy of what lies ahead. On the contrary, know that those milestones are behind you and the road to the future is clear.