This week, we're looking at the glass half-full🥛
Yup, we're talking about optimism.
As we enter into 2021, we're choosing to go in with open minds and grateful hearts, and we're inviting you to do the same.
First, let's get one thing straight; optimism doesn't mean we're ignoring life's issues or only seeing the positive. It's about figuring out how to approach hardship in a less painful, more compassionate and productive way.
While a major side effect of being an optimist is being happier overall, some other juicy benefits that come from choosing the positive path include:
- Better stress management
- Stronger and healthier relationships
- Higher productivity at school/work
- Living longer (No, we're for real. Here is the study for more info)
Sure, the benefits of seeing the glass half full aren't surprising, but what's important is the how.
So, we came up with a simple yet effective guide to starting your journey to optimism🤩
Shift your focus. As mentioned in our blog about control, dwelling on situations that we can't do anything about is pretty much useless. Instead, when we shift our focus away from our obsession with controlling the uncontrollable, we cast off the weight of our stresses and create mental space to problem solve and see the bright side of things.
Take a look at your inner circle. Positivity is just as contagious as negativity; so protect your mind by surrounding yourself with those who lift you up, support you in your tough times, and bring joy to your days.
Keep track of the little things. Journal journal journal! Or keep a calendar! Write down the best part of your day, the way you felt after overcoming a challenge at work, a new breathing exercise that helped calm you down in a time of stress, etc. It's a great way to train your brain to instinctively jump to the positive part of any situation.
Don't forget reality. Practicing positive thinking doesn't ensure that you'll never be sad or discouraged again. And we're not encouraging you to run away from those feelings. Rather, it prepares you for tough times and allows you (and your feels) to be proactive instead of reactive. Sunshine wouldn't feel as special if it weren't for the rain. 🙂
Cheers to a happy and bright new year! 🌟