Recent research suggests an optimistic state comes from a series of active inner processes, psychological somersaults.
That’s good news because it means that optimism—like other skills such as putting on eyeliner or hitting a tennis ball—is something we can improve with practice.
Here are five exercises rooted in scientific studies to help train your brain for optimism.
Play Interpersonal Ping-Pong.
If you serve up a smile to people, they usually bounce it back. Hit them with a snarl, and watch them scowl instead.
There’s another reason for putting on a happy face: It influences your brain in a positive way.
Explain success and failure like an optimist.
Research shows that it’s not what happens that determines your mood but how you explain what happens that counts.
Stack the deck in your favor.
It’s easy to be envious: Compare yourself to those with thinner thighs and fatter bank accounts and you’ll always come up wanting—and pessimistic. But the corollary is also true: No matter how bad things get, there’s always someone who’s worse off.
Learn to shift your focus.
Pessimists can’t stop depressing facts or negative thoughts from poking into their consciousness, but they can choose not to dwell on them.
Soooooooooooo..Is your glass half empty or half full?
Do ya see the silver lining in the clouds?
Optimism: The doctrine that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong… It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.
How’s that for an outlook?..Wooo doggie.
Truth be told…
It’s all about what you say to yourself when you experience challenges, stress or even adversity.
So your’e a downer?
OK..Here are some free tips. Heh.
Change your stinkin thinkin!
Learn to view bad happenings as “temporary setbacks”.
Remind yourself that they are most likely isolated to particular circumstances.
Don’t feed your personal helplessness inner voice.
Not all bad things last forever.
Not all failures undermine everything else you do.
And most importantly…Pssstt…. It’s NOT always your fault.
How you think will change how you feel. Trust me on that one.
Change the tape playing in your head. Now.
You can do it.
If ya practice long enough…guess what?
The new optimism will actually become your “default” response.
Now, How cool is that?
“Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!”
“An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be.”
“It’s better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right.”
“The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead.”
Now flash me that smile eh?
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