The perks of being an optimist: 5 steps to a positive life
Have you ever noticed how refreshing it is to be around positive people? Everything seems possible to an optimist. The sky is the limit! Why shouldn’t’t it be? A positive outlook on life allows you to see the brighter side of every situation and opens your mind to new ideas and exciting possibilities. Negativity only puts you down even further. What’s the point of saying “I can’t” or “I won’t” if it’s only going to attract more unfortunate events. If you’re naturally a pessimist and find yourself looking at the glass as half empty rather than half full, listen up!
An optimist doesn’t just plaster on a temporary smile on your face, it’s a lifestyle! Here are the five steps you’ll need to follow to kick off your journey to a happier you:
- Cut down on negative self-talk: Don’t beat yourself up over the small things in life. You need to allow your self to accept that life’s events as they happen. If you can’t change it, then it shouldn’t be a worry. The next time you make a mistake, tell yourself you tried your best and you’ll do better next time. Negative self-talk is possibly the worse thing you can do. Don’t dwell on the past, simply move on. Tomorrow is a new day.
- Look on the bright side: Typical scenario: You were late leaving work and now you’ve ran into rush hour traffic. It happens to the best of us! Crank up your favorite play list and enjoy the downtime. The same goes for standing in line (which we do a lot of). Stop glancing at your watch and tapping your foot. The key part to being an optimist is to make the best out of every situation. Turn around and start a conversation with the person behind you. Practice your social skills, you might make a new friend!
- See it, Believe it, Achieve it: We all have aspirations that can sometimes seem out of reach. With a positive attitude you can look to the future and see yourself at your dream job. Optimists are known to achieve much more than pessimists. This is because optimists tend to laugh in the face of obstacles, while pessimists are more likely to throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble. In order to be successful you have to have the drive to overcome temporary road blocks. Keep your eye on the prize no matter what life throws at you.
- Remember that it could always be worse: Sometimes to focus on the positive side you need to think of the alternative things that could have gone wrong. Here is what I mean. Lets say for example, you’re half way to class and you realize you’ve forgotten your paper which is due today. You’re now upset to have to make the trip back to pick it up but it could have been worse. You could have gotten all the way to class only to realize that you forgot your paper. See what I mean? Thinking that it could have been worse makes most things seem so small. Dont sweat the small stuff.
- Reward yourself:
If you have been working hard for the past few weeks, whether it be on a personal project, or school, set sometime aside to reward yourself. If there is something to look forward to, there is always something to be optimistic about. Have you had a tedious semester? Plan a small getaway vacation with some friends after finals. No matter how bad things get, you still have the future to be excited about.
Having a bad day every now and then is inevitable, but the way you deal with unpleasant situations is the key to happiness. When something gets you down it’s best to spring right back up. Exude positivity and it will reflect in everything you do. Become a magnet for optimistic energy, and enjoy the perks of being a cheerful Belle.