If you’re more optimistic, try seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty. By being positive, you can manage stress, get sick less often, live longer, and experience success in school, work, relationships, and everything else you do.
1. Keep a ‘Feel Good’ Journal
Buy a journal and fill it with things that make you happy or that remind you of happy moments. It could include a note from a friend, a photo of you with your friends or family, a picture of a pet, etc. You can also write down things that make you happy on a daily basis. A recent study in the Journal of Research in Personality found that writing about positive experiences for just 3 straight days has lasting effects on mood. Make sure that everything in it is positive and will make you happy when you’re feeling down.
When you laugh, hormones called endorphins rush through your body like a burst of happy energy. That’s why it feels great to laugh when you’re sad.
3. Live Like There’s No Tomorrow
Live like today is your last day. By doing so, you’ll let go of the past, stop worrying about the future, and make this day your best. (this doens’t mean that you shouldn’t care about school, work, family, etc.)
Remember those endorphins mentioned earlier? Well, you feel them when you exercise, too.
5. Feed Your Mind With Positive Thoughts
Researchers at the University of Kent in England discovered that people who tried to see the positive side of thingaccusing themselves for tiny failures – were happier and more pleased at the end of the day.
6. Pay Attention to Your Personal Needs
Sometimes, you need to forget others and focus a bit more on yourself. Have some ‘me time’ and relax. It’s not selfish to put yourself first every now and then. In fact, by taking care of yourself you’ll have plenty of enthusiasm, energy, and optimism to give to others.
7. Indulge Your Passions
What makes you feel happy and relaxed? What do you like to do when you’re free or need a break? Painting? Writing in a journal or a story? Playing an instrument? Singing? This can improve your mood and help you let loose.
Stay positive! (Or if you’re a negative person then try to be more positive!)
By Sarah El Sharkawi
Asp, Karen. “Get Happy: 15 Ways to Be More Optimistic in Life.” Peter Lamas. http://www.lamasbeauty.com/lifestyle/august00/get-happy.htm