Optimists, on the other hand, approach life differently. They realize that, while bad things happen, good things happen, too. They’re more resilient in the face of disaster or tragedy and are happier with their lives in general, in addition to being generally healthier, including having stronger immune systems.

Why? According to experts, one reason for this is because optimists learn to cope well and tend to reach out to others for help and support, as well as not letting those “wrong” things that happen outweigh everything else.

How To Be More Optimistic

Meditate. For at least a few minutes a day, sit in a quiet place and think of positive things, such as your favorite color, a favorite vacation spot, good things that happened today, things you’re thankful for, future goals you’d like to see happen, etc. Stay in the moment without distracting thoughts. You can listen to soothing music, or simply sit in silence. Using calming scented oil, such as lavender, may help you focus.

Take Better Care Of Yourself. Simple things, like making sure to take your time, drinking more water, watching a funny movie and/or treating yourself to a special dinner once a week, can help you better combat negativity by giving you something to be proud of, something to look forward to, and something to be able to smile about.

Write it Down. Many experts believe that keeping a journal can be very therapeutic for mental health. Every night, write down the good things that happened that day…and be thankful for those things.

Positive thinking can happen. When you see things in a positive light, real and longer-lasting changes in the quality of your life can occur. With a “glass half full” attitude, you’ll soon find that you cup runneth over!

Seeing The Bright Side Of Things…Not As Hard As You Think was originally published on elev8.com

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