Pessimist to Optimist – How to Change Your Point of View
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
An optimist has a tendency to make lemonade out of lemons, and to then see the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. It’s an admirable quality, one that can positively affect mental and physical health
Studies show that optimists live longer, achieve more, and enjoy greater happiness and health.
Psychologists believe that about 50% of your optimism quotient is determined at birth. That leaves the remaining 50% that you can work on. Train yourself to become more hopeful. You can complete most of these steps instantly, and a few require a little more time.
Tips for Becoming More Optimistic
Wear a smile
I remember a line from a movie – be optimistic… don’t u be a grumpy… when the road gets bumpy, just smile, smile, SMILE, and be happy!
hence go ahead and put on a bright cheerful smile – as your facial muscles communicate with your brain it will shift the energy enough to create new perspectives and new possibilities. Not only will the world look a better place, a smile will also improve your face value
Create a distraction
When you find yourself dwelling on the size of your thighs or how slowly traffic is moving, switch your attention to something more entertaining. Sing show tunes or remember romantic moments with your spouse.
Hang Out With Optimistic People. Use The positive attitude of the people around you can be a powerful force for good.
socialize with cheery friends and bounce ideas off your more positive colleagues. Your optimistic friends and coworkers are your best sounding board and will certainly change your ½ glass empty perspective.
Count your blessings
Gratitude reinforces optimism. Wake up each morning thinking about what you’re thankful for. Write a gratitude list and post it near your desk where you can see it all day. As you focus more on what you are grateful for in your life (even the really small blessings!), you will worry less about anything that may be lacking. As a result, you will experience a more pervasive sense of happiness!
Banish negative thoughts
Being aware of pessimistic, negative thoughts is the first step towards banishing them for good. Next time your inner voice starts telling you something is too good to be true, or that you’ll fail, stop whatever you’re doing and go do something you enjoy, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Being self-aware when pessimism strikes can help you to think yourself happy
Build on your strengths
Studies also show that using your core strengths will cause you to view your future more favorably. The best way to start your day and jump out of bed with an enthusiastic mood is to find your passion.
Finding your passion or what thrills you in life can turn you on each day, light your fire and boost your mood.
Focus on solutions
Put your energy into overcoming challenges rather than catastrophizing about how much can go wrong. Replace problem-focused thinking with solution-focused thinking and you’ll immediately gain a sense of forward movement, possibility, and hope-the foundations of optimism.
Physical activity is good for your mind as well as your body. A happy body helps you generate happy thoughts and emotions. Optimism is easier when you feel good
In order to be optimistic, we need to stop our habitual way of mindlessly moving from one task to the next without appreciating what’s going on around us. The practice of becoming more present at the moment is so powerful that it actually makes physical changes in the brain structure.
Marry an optimist
Hope is contagious. An idealistic spouse sets a good example and encourages harmony. If neither of you is optimistic, you and your partner can work on becoming more optimistic together and find friends who will be good role models.
Adjust your explanatory style
When optimists receive disappointing news, they usually view it as temporary and attribute it to external causes. Lighten up if you’re taking the weather personally and remember the rain will end. It’s good to hold yourself accountable for a behavior you can change, but avoid beating yourself up.
Feeling in control also helps to boost optimism. Clarify your goals and strategies to makes it easier to anticipate obstacles and persevere. As your successes add up, the process will become more automatic.
Wear rose-colored glasses and walk on the sunny side of the street
“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” Charlie Chaplin
Anyone can become more upbeat and optimistic. When people use these techniques, they invariably feel a heavy burden lift off their shoulders. They feel positive, upbeat, and confident. You only need a few minutes to put these tips into action. They can be your key to enhanced life including your health, wealth, and career success