• Steve Martin

Becoming More Optimistic

“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

  • Increased happiness

  • Reduced stress

  • Improved health – The low level of stress hormones can strengthen the immune system.

  • Longer life - Research shows that optimism increases longevity.

  • More laughter

  • 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.

I would love to hear from you.

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