“Optimism is essential to achievement, and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.” – Nicholas M. Butler
I am optimistic about life – and I enjoy living optimistically.
My research and experience have taught me that there are many benefits to being optimistic. Here are a few of my favorites:
Reduced risk of heart attack
Improved health – The low level of stress hormones can strengthen the immune system.
Longer life - Research shows that optimism increases longevity.
Enhanced coping skills to combat life’s struggles
Increased peace of mind
Openness to constructive change
Increased positive expectations
A positive mood for the day
Increased positive relationships
Resilience in the face of adversity
One of the most exciting things about optimism to me is that it is a skill that can be developed. Below you will find just a few of the many ways to develop yours:
Express gratitude. Gratitude is a positive emotion and is a hallmark of an optimistic person. Express gratitude. Be grateful for what you have. Keep a gratitude journal and write about everything good that has happened to you.
Focus on your successes. Acknowledge your accomplishments with a smile. Reflect on your achievements and appreciate your own worth.
Focus on solutions, not problems. Remember you cannot change your past but you can make your present meaningful. Stop regretting and start planning good things. It gives rise to hope.
Forgiveness. Learn the art of forgiveness if you are looking for ways to be optimistic. Start with yourself and then forgive others that have hurt you.
Nurture a happy lifestyle. Sleep at least 8-hours straight, eat a balanced diet, minimize the intake of caffeine and alcohol, and start developing good lifestyle habits. Try meditation and deep breathing exercises to regain your focus.
Find a role model. Choose someone who will have a positive impact on you – whose life you would like to emulate. It may be someone you know or someone you don’t know.
Surround yourself with positive people. Do not let people with a negative mindset enter your world. Make sure that you interact with people who look at things from a positive viewpoint, who appreciate life, and who will encourage you to live a happy and joyous life.
I am optimistic that you can increase your optimism.
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