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How to Increase Your Optimism in Life and Business, as Per Psychology

by Sahiba Sadana | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jul 21, 2017


Have you ever juggled between the thought whether you are an optimistic person or a pessimist? Or, have there been times when you are just stuck somewhere in between, not particularly positive or negative, but gray? Does everything around you have a powerful impact on you in some way or the other? How does that impact feel? Upbeat or Downbeat?

All of these questions have only one answer: "Your outlook."

Most of us find negativity easy to attract than positivity, and yet we never give it much thought. If you’re buoyant, you’ll have endless opportunities for yourself to lead a happy life. On the other hand, if you have an off-putting mindset, you could end up in places that you never wished for.


"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking." - Marcus Aurelius


Know this, when we are filled with optimism, even uncertainties turn to be helpful. We start to find the good and probe the possibilities in every situation. Rather than pointing out the flaws, we embrace the things that bring a sense of satisfaction. It's all psychology. Isn't it?

Let's look at the various aspects that help increase enthusiasm and optimism with minimum efforts.


Ways to Increase Your Enthusiasm and Optimism


1. Chuck the Past, Live in the Present


The most toxic thing that can affect your mind and your thinking process is The Past. You can reminisce it, cherish it but you cannot live it again. The quotation "Past is a nice place to visit but not to stay," says it right. If you keep recollecting the past, you will be the one carrying it with you into the present and further into your future. Let it go, regardless of how affecting it was. Remember, the present can only blossom when you've settled the account with your past.


2. Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life


Doing little things like 'saying thank you' for simple, seemingly negligible things adds onto your optimism level. When you are grateful for small things in your life, it helps you attain satisfaction and feel happy. You'll understand the value of the things you have, which are still a luxury for others.

To do: Put together a list of things you are thankful for and people who have been helpful to you. You’ll presumably end up with a long list that you can look at whenever you feel you’re slipping into pessimism.


3. Be Willing to Fail, then You Will Win


Facing failure and working towards your goal without losing hope is one amazing quality of an optimistic person. Not every plan you have will turn out well. Situations won’t always be ideal, but there are a number of ways you can still make the best of it. As the adage says, "The most successful people today were failed people then." Accept that bad thing will happen again and again, but recognize you can always bounce back if you stay optimistic.


4. Be a Magnet for Positive People


The company and group of people you keep around you play a major role in your life. If you are constantly surrounded by negative people, your thinking process and approach towards everything becomes unconstructive. You start squabbling over small things and may never enjoy even your biggest happy moments.

Envelop yourself with positive people instead. Just being around positive people can lift your mood when you’re feeling low. Happy people acquire an outlook that helps them bounce back very quickly. When you keep a cheerful attitude, you become less reliant on outside sources of happiness and rely on your own emotions and thoughts. Inner happiness is the key term here.




5. Stop Being Stubborn


The thing that pushes you closer to acquiring a negative attitude towards life is being stuck on one matter for too long. There are some people who will keep on thinking about that one bad thing that happened to them in the morning and will avoid all the good things that followed. The only cure to this problem is to let it go so that it doesn’t affect your mood anymore. After all, "For every night, there is a brighter day." Don’t be stubborn!


6. Don't Count the Days, Make the Days Count


We've been taught, "Live every day as if it is your last," but how many of us practice it? Only 5-10 percent of us may be. Most of the time we end our days with grudges and find ourselves forced to sleep engulfed by sadness. Next day, we repeat the cycle which makes us cranky and frustrated. Until and unless the issue is resolved, it keeps bothering us and makes us unhappy.

The simple takeaway here is, "Chop off the problem before it chops you." Giving power to the issue will only bring you resentment for days and taking over it at the same time will add onto your strength and positivity.  


7. Counter the Blame Game


Sometimes it’s necessary to play tricks, be cunning with your mind, and this has to do with your self-explanatory style. The way you own up to things and interpret life's ups and downs says much about you. When bad things happen, pessimists censure themselves, while optimists see awful events as having little to do with them, and as one-time problems that will pass quickly.

Solution: When you feel you are thinking like a worrywart, reframe the dilemma so that it's not all your fault. Know that just YOU are not the trouble, and you’re not the only one in trouble.


8. Try Once More


For being an optimist, you've got to let go of the bad habit of saying I quit whenever things get a little difficult. Long after naysayers have lost hope and gone home, optimists try and continue to resolve their difficulties. This practice of persistence will help you end up feeling good about everything. At the end of the day when you'll be off to bed, the satisfaction of trying non-stop will bring you peace. The perseverance leads to more self-confidence and a willingness to work even harder.


9. Keep a Journal


It's easy to keep track of the negative things happening to you, but positive things are hard to recollect. Ask anyone; they'll list five worst things that happened to them in a fraction of seconds, as compared to the best things that happened to them. The gist here is we have become professionals in finding negative situations, which often serves to lower our optimism level.

To do: Let's reverse the habit here. List the five best and five humorous things that you experience each day. Also, write about how they happened. Even if you begin journalizing in an awful mood, the impending writing has a delicate way of shifting your mind towards gratitude, appreciation. It will change your outlook from insufficiency to abundance.


The Bottom Line


When we’re hopeful, we deem opportunities as bright and also have no difficulty thinking of definite things to look forward to. We not only become positive and leave cynicism behind, but also look for good in every situation.

Of course, telling people to be optimistic and suggesting ways to fight negativity is easier said than practiced. But, I hope the key points mentioned here can help you understand what is hindering your own positive sphere and allow you to build up to it.

See Also: 10 Self-Care Habits for a Happier and Healthier You.


Ms Sahiba Sadana is a professional Content Editor and an avid literature reader. She is the Content Editor at Sharda University and a regular contributor to many websites. The editor is well-known for her Content Marketing skills. Follow her on Twitter: @KnowSahiba



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