Optimism is more than just a positive outlook on life. The ability to think happy thoughts has proven to lengthen lives and prevent strokes. People who are optimistic often make healthier lifestyle and dietary choices, but their outlook alone causes decreased stress, better immune system, and decreased risk of heart disease.
Some of us are just wired to be more positive, but there are a few suggested ways to boost your mood and your ability to see the glass as half-full instead of half-empty.
1.) Stay away from negative thoughts.
Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else. Sometimes we are our own harshest critic. It is important to give yourself a break and allow yourself to make mistakes every once in awhile.
2.) Be intentional about your company.
Surround yourself with people who lift you up, encourage you, and make you laugh (and do the same for them!). If you have a friend or coworker who makes you feel down in the dumps or turns every conversation into a chance to complain, try to limit your time with them.
3.) Laugh it off!
Make sure you laugh at least once a day–if not more! Children spend much of their day smiling and laughing, so why don’t adults? Laughing boosts your mood, relieves stress, and improves your perspective.
4.) It’s all about perspective.
Speaking of perspective, take a look at the way you see a stressful situation or part of your life. Is there an area of your life you are constantly complaining about? Try to see it in a new way, even if you have to think outside the box.