Be aware of your self-talk
The way we talk to ourselves can sometimes be overlooked. What language are you using? When you start to become aware of the words that you use towards yourself, you’re able to explore the thoughts that you’re carrying in more depth. Do you talk about yourself or situations with a positive outlook or do you immediately focus on the negative? Making a conscious decision to talk to ourselves and others with more compassion and kindness can help us to remain more optimistic.
Try to avoid negative people
There is a phrase that ‘you are who you hang out with’; if you surround yourself with those who are constantly pessimistic you may find that it drains your mood or leaves you feeling equally negative with your outlooks. Fleeting pessimism is human nature but if you find that your life is filled with ‘Debbie downers’, consider limiting the time you spend around them and sharing your optimism to direct your conversations to a positive conclusion instead.
Make gratitude your attitude
Instead of directing your focus to all of the terrible or challenging events that may have occurred during your day, celebrate your blessings instead. You could create a daily gratitude journal where you make a note of 3 things that you feel grateful for no matter how small they seem. If you have moments where you feel things have been getting you down, you can revisit the list and instantly transform your mood to a more positive one.
Optimism is more than your thoughts; it’s a way of life. The happier we feel the less likely we are to feel stressed or depressed which can help us to create a more positive reality.