Positive thinking doesn't mean you ignore the bad things or have unrealistic expectations about life. Instead, if you have a positive attitude you will come at an unpleasant situation with an open mind and be more likely to come up with a constructive solution. This type of thinking is important for both mental and physical health. People who are more optimistic tend to...
- Have stronger immune systems
- Be at a lower risk of heart disease
- Experience less stress throughout the day
- Have longer lifespans
One way to become more optimistic is to laugh more. Look for the humor in different situations, and seek out articles, podcasts, books, or TV shows that will make you laugh a few times each day. Keep a gratitude journal where you write down three things you are thankful for every day. You could also try to identify areas where you tend to think negatively and set a goal to change your perspective about these things. Try to become more aware of your thoughts, and interrupt any negative thoughts you have. Lastly, physical activity can have a huge impact on your mood - exercise causes our brain endorphins that can make you feel happier. Becoming an optimist may not necessarily happen overnight, but thinking positively will improve your health and happiness!