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3 Ways to Switch from Pessimism to Optimism

You don't have to be glum, when you actually can be open to humor.

You don’t have to be glum, when you actually can be open to humor.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if with just a flick of a switch, we could turn off pessimism and turn on optimism? Are you a self-professed optimist or pessimist? Don’t worry either way, you can still learn tips for how to turn any situation around, in your mind at least.

A Plethora of Feelings

1. Many have read or heard of The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale. But, life does not come with a book of instructions and nobody said life would be easy twenty-four/seven.

Question: Do you believe your friends are a reflection of you? They can be, so surround yourself with positive people, period. Whether you want to admit it or not, you have a couple of friends who constantly look at the glass as being half empty, instead of being half full, a mindset that if you are not careful will eventually rub off on you.

And, under most circumstances, with the exception of work and some other instances, being around an individual is a choice. Moreover, insist that those in your life are supportive, positive and that they are dependable, because you undoubtedly will need feedback and advice from time-to-time. This is not a one-sided situation, you also will be called upon to do the same. Now is the perfect time to build up your reserve of friends.

2. Who said you can’t find a little humor in situations? You don’t have to be glum, when you actually can be open to humor. It’s okay to laugh and smile, when faced with adversity, because doing so can better enable you to cope with the situation at hand. A quick suggestion: Give yourself permission to chuckle, especially during hard-to-manage times. By laughing at your circumstances, you may eliminate your stress altogether.

3. It is necessary to pinpoint your problem if you want to see change, in other words identify areas in your life that need fixing. For example, are you seeking to become a positive thinker? Just start small by focusing on one area to approach in a more positive way. Do you dread waking-up in the morning and tackling the day ahead? Or perhaps you despise balancing your check book; if you answered ‘yes,’ to either of these questions change your outlook.

Making a Choice

There are many possible outcomes to many situations. How are you going to handle them? Are you going to have a positive take on things or a negative one? It’s never too late to unlearn a previously learned behavior.

Web Links:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/positive-thinking/art-20043950?pg=2

-Kimberly Williams

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