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How to Bring About Positive Change in Your Life

Make no mistake passion lights you up!

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If you always see the brighter side of things, you may feel you experience more positive events. You may find yourself less stressed, and even enjoy greater health benefits. This is not your imagination.

Research shows an optimistic outlook has distinct advantages. Optimistic people have better health and live longer. They save more money and are more likely to remarry after a divorce. Optimists have hope. They keep trying. They don’t give up.

Many of us could use a boost in our optimism levels, especially as we age or cope with challenges in our lives. But is it really possible?

The short answer is yes.

While some parts of our personalities are written in stone, optimism is one of those “in between” traits responsive to change. Whether you are born with positive outlook or not, you can learn to look on the bright side. The trick is to act like an optimistic person, even if you aren’t feeling particularly hopeful.

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

1) Start each day with positive thoughts

The waking moments are important as you choose what you want to focus on in the hours ahead. Aim to come up with two or three pleasant things to look forward to. It could be a stroll during lunchtime or coffee with a friend. It doesn’t have to be a big deal — just something special you know you will enjoy.

2) Collect positive evidence

Keep a list handy so you can think about all the times in your life things have gone well — an award, a nice holiday, a compliment from a stranger even. It doesn’t matter if it is big or small, it’s evidence that your life is going well!

3) Celebrate wins

Make the most of things that go right in your life by celebrating all types of wins. Think back to where you started and appreciate how much you have accomplished along the way. Now go on, give yourself the pat on the back you deserve!

4) Do what you enjoy

Do whatever puts you in a good mood on a regular basis. Have a bubble bath, play with your children, walk the dog, learn Italian, watch a movie, write in your journal, or any one of hundreds of other rewarding or pleasurable activities.

5) Watch your negative self-talk

Every day we tell ourselves stories about who we are, what we are worth and what we can be in life. Think about the impact self-talk has on your life. Would you tell a friend they are worthless or not capable or not deserving of good things in life? Of course not, so why would you tell this to yourself?

6) Regulate your environment

Make sure you are not consuming negative news on an endless cycle. Social media can be a similar trap — the more you use it, the less satisfied you feel about your life in comparison to others. Keep regular hours too. If you get less than 7–8 hours sleep regardless of what you may think — you are not operating at optimal levels. Don’t skimp on sleep, folks.

7) Cultivate enthusiasm

Make no mistake passion lights you up! Whether this is for a person, a product, an event or a cause is irrelevant. The act of caring — of giving a damn — is what transforms you. Each one of us is different — yet for all, a bias for action comes from within.

8) Try not to worry too much

Worry is inherently negative. When things go wrong you should think instead of worry. For instance, you might worry about health, money, or family problems. But if you can’t change a situation, then you need to change your perception of it.

Understanding this is where your power lies.

  • Determine what you can control.
  • Differentiate between dwelling and problem solving.
  • Create a plan to manage your stress.
  • Develop healthy affirmations.

When you truly look at something and desire to change it, you are accessing your higher self. Always remember: You are in control of your thoughts. You have the power to focus your thoughts anywhere you like. You get to choose how things affect you.

Are you hopeful your future will be bright, or are you certain of it?

That’s the thought I’d like to leave you with today.

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