“Choose to beoptimistic, it feels better.” —The Dalai Lama
Optimism is a mental attitude where you do not only think about the present but at the same time, you tend to remain bothered about the future as well. Individuals who are optimistic typically do not lose hope during difficult times, experience less stress and try to find ways to resolve a problem when one arises.
However, we cant be positive all the time because we are human and life happens. Appreciating the smallest of things can work wonders for your mindset, over time, you start wiring your brain to seek out and expect more positives. This speaks to the power of having an attitude of gratitude.
Research has shown that gratitude can improve general well-being, increase resilience, strengthen social relationships, and reduce stress and depression.
The more grateful you are, the happier you are. Happiness won’t always be your automatic response. Rather, it’s a choice that you have to make every single day.
Three ways to train your brain to be more positive:
Our brains condition themselves to think and behave in certain ways through repetition. If you engage in daily rituals chances are this will enhance your positive thinking over time.
1. Surround yourself with positive people
As Jim Rohn once said "“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Surround yourself with people who life you up, and inspire you. When it comes to relationships, we are greatly influenced — whether we like it or not — by those closest to us. It affects our way of thinking, our self-esteem, and our decisions.
2. Make you Mental Health a Priority
The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically increased mental health issues and raised awareness. There is a lot of uncertainty, fear and economic turmoil that we are all facing around the world. Given the state we are in, we need to make our mental health a priority. Remember exercise, yoga (mediation) are all excellent ways to get Intune with our bodies. Let's try to focus on the good things in life and be grateful for what we have and the people in our lives.
3. Challenge your Negative Thoughts
Your mind is a very powerful tool, we can either fill it with positive or negative thoughts. Change your mindset, this can have an impact on how you perceive yourself, others and the world.
Your mindset is everything. Thinking positively is as important as your skills or talents.