There is no better alternative to optimism. A positive attitude can have a huge impact on your mindset and can make your day so much easier. Personally I just think it’s a better way to be. If you can be positive more often than not, then why not?
Now, before I start I understand that where you sit on the glass half full / empty scale isn’t exactly a choice thing. I am quite an optimistic person and if I thought about it I’d probably describe myself as a pretty cheery person too. 9/10 I’m in a good mood and I tend to look on the positive as much as possible. It makes my day easier and everyone who surrounds me too. Plus, who wins when you’re being pessimistic?
Did you know stress and worry can cause you long term physical health problems? That it takes 62 muscles to frown, or that looking on a the bright side of life can actually extend yours? Despite optimism being a nice characteristic to have it’s actually good for your health – who knew!
Winston Churchill once said ‘A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’ So what do you see? I think more of us should take on the challenge of new opportunities, learn from different situations, and keep moving. In life, movement and growth is essential and happiness underpins much of this.
By being engaged and proactively more positive, even on the days you don’t feel like it, the benefits of optimism are undeniable. In fact, seeing the glass as half full can pay off in a number of fantastic ways; from improving your work life, to increasing the value of your relationships and even keeping your mind healthy. A recent Harvard School of Public Health study found that positive psychological well-being, which includes self-acceptance and positive relations with others, is linked to improved heart health – geeky but lovely, right?
Don’t get me wrong, I might be rambling on and not making an impact but in a world where everyone is always so quick to moan and argue and have a gripe, I recon it’s not a bad idea to spread some positivity. I know lots of people who hate their work or don’t enjoy many elements of their life. So why not make a proactive change and actually do something about it! Why not set yourself some goals and see how being optimistic could improve your life?
Another helpful tip I’ve found is surrounding yourself with (excuse the clique) but “good vibes”. You’re only as good as the company you keep and I think it’s pretty important to make sure that company is adding value in a positive way. Surround yourself with friends who are happy and optimistic and that cheer up your day, everyday! Not people who moan and take their feelings out on you or make you feel negative.
I’ve also recently started listening to podcasts and it’s something I’d really recommend looking into if you’re on the hunt for some positive, educational talks. My new fav is Fearne Cottons – Happy Place. She talks about everything from mental illness to careers, growing up and pretty much everything in between. There’s also loads of other really funny podcasts that could help put you in a great mood before you kick off your day!
I hope you have a lovely day wherever you are!
Thanks for reading
Curls and Pearls 🌻