I haven’t always been an optimist. In fact, there was a time in my life where I would specifically look for all that was wrong instead of trying to see all that was right. Why? Because it was easier that way.
It was easier to blame others for what was going wrong in my life instead of facing the realization that I was wrong. It was easier to blame my circumstances instead of having to hold any amount of accountability. It was easier to blame life for why I wasn’t achieving any of my goals instead of having to actually work towards the things that I wanted.
The way I think of pessimism: it’s the easy way out.
Over the last few years of my life, I have been fortunate enough to be able to completely change my mindset. I don’t consider myself to be a pessimist anymore, but rather an optimist.
Today, I want to share with you some things that have helped me in drastically turning my life around and 4 daily habits to help you become optimistic as well.
4 Daily Habits To Help You Become Optimistic
1. Start Your Day on a High Note
There is something to be said about starting your day off on a high note.
For me, starting my day on a high note helps to set the tone for the rest of the day, which is why I purposely try to do something positive first thing in the morning. If I find myself practicing optimism and gratitude right when I get up, I have noticed that not only does it take a lot more to irritate me, but I also become irritated far less frequently.
Some things that you can try:
- Start your morning with some uplifting affirmations. Start with five encouraging mantras such as I am strong, I am achieving greatness, I attract all things that I desire, etc.
- Meditate for a few minutes. Meditation is a great way to clear your mind of any overwhelming and unnecessary thoughts.
- Start a journal and clear your thoughts from the day before. This always helps me to let go and release any burdens I may be feeling.
- Read or listen to something positive immediately when you wake up. Doing so will help you to set an intention for the day.
2. Focus on Positive Outcomes
A lot of what we feel in life is attributed to the thoughts that we let into our minds. That’s why, if you’ve ever noticed, when you focus on the good, you seem to attract more of it. Similarly, when you focus on the negative, all of a sudden everything starts going wrong.
The reality is that there are always going to be both good and bad things that happen, but the emotion that you focus on the most will be the emotion that takes priority over the other.
The best thing that you can do to counter a negative outcome is to find a positive one. For me, I actually see my mental illnesses as a positive. Sure, they sucked to go through, but they also taught me a lot about life and how strong I am as an individual. If it wasn’t for the past that I went through, I don’t know if I would have the belief or love that I now have for myself.
3. Surround Yourself With Like-Minded Individuals
Optimism – just like happiness and just like positivity – is contagious. The more you surround yourself with it, the likelier you will become it.
One of the easiest ways to become a more optimistic individual is to surround yourself with others who share the same values. You become the average of the six people you spend the most time with. This means that if you spend your time with six individuals who are highly successful or who have a positive outtake on life, there is a good chance that you will develop their habits and become similar.
So, the point: surround yourself with optimistic individuals. Not only will they help to pick you up when life knocks you down and bring joy to your life, but they will also help you to become the very things that you want to become.
4. Give Back to Others & Count Your Blessings
I am a firm believer that good things happen to those who do good for others. One of the best ways to do good for others is to give back.
It doesn’t have to just be with money. You can also give back by donating, volunteering, and just being there for somebody when they need it.
There is just this rewarding feeling of peace and stillness in knowing that you are helping to positively impact somebody else’s life. It helps you to put into perspective how truly fortunate you are, and it also simply helps to improve your mood.
Optimism is something that I wish I would have started practicing a lot earlier on in my life. And yes, it is a practice.
Since prioritizing optimism, my life has drastically improved. While it is still far from perfect, and nor will it ever be, I am truly the happiest that I have ever been in life, and a large reason of that is partly in thanks to these daily habits that I have shared with you.