Sometimes, being and remaining optimistic in the face of everything going on in the world and in our personal lives is challenging. It’s good to question or be skeptical of certain people and situations that appear in our lives, but it can also cause you to miss a lot of the good things in life.
Living an optimistic life as opposed to a pessimistic one can actually reduce your chances of developing diseases and chronic conditions later in life. You’ve probably been around pessimistic people and when you leave their presence, you felt ‘down’ or that the world is less bright because of their pessimistic and negative outlook. Here are some proven ways to turn your life around with positive thoughts:
- Don’t assume you’re going to fail. You may have failed at a particular business-related task, a personal project, or a relationship in the past, but the future is a clean slate. Don’t give your negative thoughts the energy needed to become actual events and produce a bad ending.
- Positive affirmations help. If you’re a pessimistic person, try repeating short, positive phrases that remind you that you’re changing and taking a more positive direction. Affirmations such as, “I can control my attitude towards the life I live.” can help you turn things around.
- Keep busy. An idle mind can fall into old habits or patterns and begin to take negative thoughts too seriously. Engage in positive activities such as taking a class on a subject that interests you, visiting friends or family, reading a good book or exercising.
- Reach out to others and share your positive thinking. When you hear another person expressing pessimistic thoughts, share a different perspective with them. It will also help you from turning toward pessimistic thoughts, and may even help them turn their thoughts in a more positive direction.
- Think about what you can make happen. Rather than thinking about what might happen to you, think instead of what you can do to make positive things and events happen in your life. It’s being part of the solution rather than the cause, and you’ll feel more empowered and less like a victim.
- Smile and be open to happy feelings. Studies actually prove that when you smile, you’ll actually begin to feel happier. For one thing, other people will usually smile back at you. You’ll be seen as a kinder and happier person – and, who knows – you might start to believe it.
- Don’t let life pass you by. If you continue with negative thinking, you could wake up one day and realize you’ve lived a miserable life. Every single minute counts and if you spend most of it brooding about what might have been, you’ll have wasted precious time.
- Take action on your positive thoughts. Productive action is critically important to living an optimistic life and having an optimistic future. For example, if you want to go back to school, but think you’re not smart enough or that you don’t have time enough – what might have been might never happen. Take action now to live an optimistic and fuller life where you are able to accomplish anything you set your mind to,