It may seem cliche to ask this, but it’s a really good question: Are you a glass half-empty or a glass half-full type of person? Given the world we live in today, it’s so easy to be negative. In fact, some of us find a weird comfort in it.
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Being optimistic doesn’t mean that you’re looking past the difficult situations you or others may be going through, however, it does mean switching up the way you go about solving those problems.
With this fresh start to the new year, I’m here to share with you 5 ways you can practice more optimism in 2020!
1 – Embrace The Way You Feel
Optimistic doesn’t always mean that you’re “happy”. I think that’s a common mistake people associate with the word. Quite honestly, trying to force yourself to be happy when you’re definitely not happy is unhealthy both physically and emotionally.
No matter what situation you’re going through, be honest with yourself about how you feel about it, whether it’s good or not-so-good. By understanding what you’re feeling and why, you’ll find it easier to be optimistic as you push yourself forward.
2 – Highlight the Positive Parts of Your Life
So often we focus on the negative things that are affecting our lives. We do this so often that it often overshadows that positive things in our lives. Don’t take those small victories for granted… they mean a lot more than you may realize!
Take a moment and focus on the positive things that have happened, or are happening. Allowing yourself to enjoy these moments, even if their small, will help you in the grand scheme of being a little more positive!
3 – Write Down Positive Affirmations Each Day
Okay… this one a really cheesy, but I gotta tell you… it WORKS! I personally do this every day and it’s so worth it.
Every day, whether it’s when you first wake-up, or doing your lunch break, or when you head to bed for the night, take a moment and reflect on some positive words or statements. Write them down, save them, and then take a look at them later if you ever need a pick-me-up.
4 – Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Personally, I am jealous of so many people. I am envious of their job, the money they make, the roles they get cast in, the car they drive, the relationship their in, etc. What I’ve taught myself to do, however, is to avoid those negative comparisons when they pop up into my brain.
Your life is your life. Accept it and do what you can do to improve it. The only person I try to be better than is me. Focus on being a better version of you today than you were yesterday.
5 – Do Things That Make You Happy
There are so many things that make you smile and laugh… there are so many things that make you truly happy… so embrace that!
Watch your favorite t.v. show or movie, go sing karaoke with your friends, cook your favorite meal, dance the night away… the options are endless. It’s just a matter of you going out to actually do it… so go do it!
- “Paciencia y fe.” (Patience and faith.)
- Learn or perfect a new skill.
- Smile! 🙂
- Enjoy the silver linings of every situation.
- Think of what your life would be like without the positive things in your life.
- Eat healthy and exercise.
- Surround yourself with positive people and try to not let the negative people in your life affect you.
- Be kind to others.
It Takes Practice
Being optimistic isn’t easy. It takes work. As you work on it know this, the more you promote a positive mindset within yourself and others, the easier it’ll be to maintain on a daily basis. Go into 2020 with an optimistic mindset and do your best to maintain it throughout the year!