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Half-empty or Half-full?
Do you see your glass as half-empty or half-full? Your answer to this age-old question reflects your attitude towards life and yourself and may have bearing on your health and well-being.
Consistently seeing the glass as half-empty is a sign of negativity that can contribute to everything from depression to heart disease to lowered immune system function. It can affect sleep, weight maintenance, the quality of your relationships, your social life, and even your ability to hold a job.
Conversely, having a positive outlook has been associated with increased lifespan, lower depression rates, greater immune resistance, lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and better coping skills during times of stress.
Optimism is a Choice.
Recognize that optimism is a choice. You can choose how to want to approach life. Imagine seeing the world as unhappy, ugly, boring, isolated, confined, and diseased. Now see it as a place of positivity, fun, connection, health, opportunity, and possibility. Which do you choose?
8 Simple Tips to Put Positivity into Practice
Here are some things you can do to foster a positive outlook:
- Go complaint-free. Try going an hour without complaining and see the positive things in your life. Next, try a day, a week, and so on. Notice the changes in yourself and how you feel.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each evening, write down 3 or more things that you are grateful for that day.
- Give compliments freely. Notice the good in others. Praise every person you interact with. Notice how your compliment makes the other person feel and notice how it makes you feel.
- Find beauty everywhere in your world. Notice its gorgeousness and bask in it.
- Share your good news. Studies show that sharing happy events brings even more happiness.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Re-evaluate your relationships and get rid of the ones that don’t support you.
- Be open to humor. Give yourself permission to smile and laugh, especially in times of despair.
- Focus on what’s possible instead of what’s impossible.
Understand that maintaining a positive outlook takes practice. Start with one tip and slowly add in the others. The more you do, the easier it gets! And the payoff to a healthier, happier life is well worth the effort!
Make the Change
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