Optimism Introduction. Is The Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

 Optimism leans to the half-full side and the pessimist tends to the half-empty. 

Which one are you? Do you think it’s better to be a pessimist and never be disappointed or an optimist whose fuel is hope and courage?

Well if you want to live longer, achieve more, and enjoy greater happiness and health then taking the optimistic route is a better bet.

Research suggests that optimists actually enjoy a range of lifestyle and health benefits just because they look on the brighter side.

Psychologists believe that about 50% of your optimist quotient is determined at birth. That leaves the remaining 50% that you can work on.  

Here is our optimistic suggests for training yourself to be more optimistic and gain those admirable benefits.


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How to Tackle Life with More Optimism

We can all have moments where we feel down in the dumps about something. You might have a bad night’s sleep and suddenly struggle to see anything in a positive light. Maybe a negative experience at work has given you a sour taste in your mouth.

However, when pessimism takes over everything you do, it’s hard to find joy in life.

While you don’t have to be happy-go-lucky all the time, you can take steps to actively increase the amount of optimism you bring into your world.

Give yourself more credit.

  1. How often do you sell yourself short? When something goes right in your world, do you admit it’s because of something that you’ve done, or do you assume it has nothing to do with you?
  • When something good happens, take a minute to stop and analyze your thought process. Ensure that you give yourself credit for making that positive thing happen.

Avoid undermining yourself by saying that you had a lot of help from others or suggesting that anyone in the same situation could do the same thing. Instead, own the fact that you’ve accomplished something and allow yourself to be happy about it.

In the Facebook video below I talk about a wonderful exercise you can do to help increase your focus on the good things that happen in your life.

It’s called What Went Well Today?

Stop Beating Yourself Up. Give Yourself a Little Love Instead


Give yourself a break. We can often be our own worst critics. Unfortunately, this makes it quite difficult to live a life based on optimism. If you constantly beat yourself up for making mistakes, take a moment to think about how this is affecting you.

  • Ignoring the bad things that happen in your life is never a good idea. Burying your head in the sand can make issues more significant. At the same time, failing to understand the negative could mean you’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes.

  • However, that doesn’t mean you should dwell on the bad things or make yourself feel terrible for what you’ve done.

Instead, remind yourself that you’re a human being, and like anyone else, you make mistakes. You don’t have to be perfect all the time (that would be unrealistic). Give yourself a break and remind yourself to learn and do better in the future.

Give yourself a little love, hug yourself while watching in a mirror, forgive yourself often.

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” Source: Mahatma Gandhi

Fill Your Life With Positive People

Finally, one of the best ways to become more optimistic is to surround yourself with those who already look on the bright side of things.

  • Sometimes it takes practice and training for you to reach a point where you can start looking at things from a different perspective.

  • When you surround yourself with positive people, you can pay attention to the way they look at things and learn from their approach to the world. Optimistic people help you to become more positive yourself by giving you a model to emulate.

  • Plus, you’ll often find that positive people can be wonderful cheerleaders when you’re trying to make positive changes in your life. They’re always there to support you and give you credit when you’re struggling to make it yourself.


In Conclusion

The key to optimism is to maximize your focus on the things you do well and the good experiences you have in life. At the same time, it sometimes helps to minimize your failures or at least prevent them from taking over your perspective.

Being optimistic doesn’t have to mean ignoring the bleaker parts of life, but it does force you to let more positivity get through.

Examining your shortcomings and mistakes will allow you to overcome challenges and achieve more in the long term. However, it can’t help to give yourself a pat on the back for the things you do right too.

The more you practice challenging your thought patterns with the quest to become more optimistic, the more automatic the experience will become.

You can start by focusing on developing optimistic habits gradually. Eventually, you’ll get to a point where you can accept both the positive and the negative parts of your life. Seeing more of the positive will help you to become more optimistic as you enjoy its many benefits.


Further Resources

My name is Nick Grimshawe and I help people seeking to live extraordinary lives to use the tools of affirmations, gratitude, mindfulness, and Meditation to live the life they envision. 

 Each week I include a free piece of content either a check sheet cheat sheet or resource to help you move forward with your adventure. You can connect to me on social media through the links below.

Books Recommendations.

The Power of  Believing that You Can Improve

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