Life is so much easier and more enjoyable if you’re an optimist. Many researches shows that optimists enjoy many health and lifestyle benefits, greater health, a sense of persistence toward goals, increased longevity, greater emotional health and lower reactivity to stress. Because all of this, optimists tend to be the happiest people.
Why is it difficult to pull upon happy thoughts when everything in life feels like it’s falling apart?
Well, the root of the problem lies in your brain. Your brain isn’t designed for happiness because its focus has always been on promoting survival, it saves the happy chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin) for opportunities to meet a survival need. You have to fight with your mind. You have to fight against bad thoughts. Your thoughts decide how happy you will be. If your thoughts are black, your days will be gloomy and sad. If your days are bright, your days will be bright and happy too. You will have more ambitions for work, family and all your life obligations. Don’t let black thoughts take over your life and control you.
Train your mind with daily exercises
Look positively at all the things around you. If today is a bad day, tomorrow must be better. If you doubt that it will not be better, try to do everything to make tomorrow bright and happy. Don’t let one wrong step, and one sad moment lead you to grieve for days and months. It can lead to depression and ruin your life completely. Instead, try to brighten up your life with little things like pleasant walks, coffee with friends or family, watching comedies, writing diaries, and planning appointments. You have to be ambitious and think ahead, because that alone is the drive in your veins that makes you go forward and not look back.
What your ambition in life is? It’s not the simplest of questions, but discovering what that is can change your world! It’s fine to have absolutely no idea and it’s fine to know exactly what your life’s purpose is! Chech HERE about this topic.
If at any time you catch yourself grieving for a missed opportunity. If at any point you catch yourself thinking about impossible things and things you can’t change because they’ve passed and because they’ve already happened, stop in time because it leads nowhere but to ruin you. For days you will not recover from sadness, your thoughts will become darker, you will close in sadness and meaninglessness and completely lose the will for everything that made you happy and you will not have the will for all your activities that you have done successfully so far.
Focus On Your Success
Most of us are happy to acknowledge other people’s successes and achievements; however, when it comes to ours, we often downplay them or ignore them altogether. We need to stop putting ourselves last and acknowledging other people’s successes ahead of our own, and making others bigger than us. Our work is important. Plans matters. Life is the most important. Because at the end of the day we are left alone with our emotions and with ourselves. To start thinking more positively about yourself, you need to regularly remind yourself of what you have – and what you can – achieve. Stop listening to your inner critic and start really appreciating your success and what you have to offer.
Some optimistic quotes
”Optimism is the opium of the people.” -Milan Kundera
”What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership.” -Bob Iger
”Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not to your liking, change your liking.” -Rick Steves
Positive thinking is its very own field of mindfulness. HERE you can find more positive affirmations.