Optimism is contagious.
It takes some practice, but becoming an optimist can lead to a wide range of benefits and healthier living, include increased happiness, more positive relationships, positive mood, and better coping and problem-solving skills.
It can be as easy as starting your morning by saying three things you are grateful for, each day. There's evidence that shows doing this for just 30 days improves our brain's ability to see positivity, and therefore may increase happiness and productivity.
Here are some quick tips and gentle reminders that our students practice when working toward becoming an optimist:
- Try seeing things in a positive light; see the glass has 1/2 full, not 1/2 empty
- Make lemonade out of lemons
- Instead of saying “I can't do this,” try saying, "I can't do this YET"
- Say "let's figure it out...I know you are hard-working"
- When something seems difficult, practice saying "I'll give it a try"
- Perform a kind act
- Take positive action and create the change you want to see