Positive Thinker Sees Glass Half Full
When you ignore life’s less unpleasant situations it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not a positive thinker. In fact, it does show you are a positive thinker!
How so? Well, it means that you approach unpleasantness more positively and productively. You see the glass as half full, not half empty — the best is going to happen, not the worst.
Are you having trouble at work? Or perhaps you’re going through a divorce? Does it feel like your life is falling apart? Don’t despair! A positive attitude can go a long way toward creating happiness.
Is the Positive Thinker An Optimist?
Everyone has problems at some point or another. Over 12.5 million work days were lost in the UK alone in 2017 due to stress, anxiety, or depression. Stress affects people mostly because of money, work, poor health, or family responsibilities.
Recent studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair — you can learn positive thinking skills.
Having an optimistic outlook on life — a general expectation that good things will happen — may help people live longer, according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
“The power of optimism is not just having a sunny disposition, but applying this mindset to make positive change,” according to Laura Kubzansky, co-director of the Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
So, what’s the key to staying positive when things are looking bleak? Let’s find out!
Don’t Wait to Be Happy
How many times have you told yourself that you’ll be happy as soon as you switch jobs or get a raise? The truth is that these things might not happen anytime soon. If you rely on them to live your best life, you deny your right to happiness.
Appreciate every moment and focus on the good in your life. Live in the present moment and be grateful for what you have now.
Start a Meditation Habit
Meditation is one of the best ways to calm your mind and ward off stress. It’s so powerful that it alters the brain’s structure and triggers positive changes in the areas associated with memory, creativity, and cognition.
Make a habit of meditating every single day. Do it for at least 10 minutes. Close your eyes, clear your mind, and take deep breaths. The benefits are immediate.
Keep A Gratitude Journal
Practice gratitude. Keep a gratitude journal where you list the many gifts and blessings for which you are thankful, like your current health, a kind gesture you received, and a great meal you enjoyed.
Stop Playing the Victim
When times get tough, we tend to blame others for our problems. Doing so will only keep you from finding solutions and solving things.
Take responsibility for the current situation and then find a way to fix it. Break free from the “poor me” mentality and be proactive in your quest for happiness.
Jump into Something New
Opportunities are everywhere. It’s a matter of going out and looking. Stuck in a bad job? Find something else! Assess your skills and figure out how to use them to boost your income and help others. The problems you’re facing now will soon be just a bad memory.
Have you just lost a big client? Start pitching potential customers. Dedicate at least 30 minutes every day to cold emailing and job hunting. The more options you have, the better.
Just because your life isn’t perfect right now doesn’t mean it will be like this forever. Problems come and go. What matters is to look on the bright side and hang in there.
Get out and enjoy yourself for a little bit. Read a good book, call an old friend, or start a new hobby. These small things can make a world of difference.
“POSITIVE: The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible,
and achieves the impossible.” — Winston Churchill
This article was originally published on my site at https://donnapresents.com/keys-of-a-positive-thinker/.
Meditation is a habit that may come easily to some. I have been meditating for over five years, but there were many days I found myself slipping. These days, not so much, not since I completed the no-cost Action Habits Challenge by Connie Ragen Green, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, independent publisher, and serial entrepreneur. You can check it out here.
If you’re interested in revitalizing your life through meditation and would like to learn a virtually risk-free, and cost-effective practice, that people of all ages can do with a little patience and guidance and that will serve you for the rest of your life, I would love to connect with you. You can connect with me here.
I’m Donna SLam, who loves to blog about how meditation brings self-compassion, peace of mind, and clarity to my life and others by sharing tips and strategies on how to live a fulling and purposeful life. I enjoy championing others to lead a healthy and happy life through meditation, walking, self-development, and spending time with loved ones.