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The Power of Optimism

A new month sees a new calendar from Action for Happiness

They give us daily ideas of ways we can be kinder to ourselves. The theme for this month is ‘Optimistic October’


When you think of optimism, the phrase ‘Is the glass half empty or half full?’ often comes to mind. This is a great visual analogy of how people can be in the same situation but interpret it different. Whilst some might feel deflated and put off about something, others might see an opportunity.

Are you a ‘glass half full’ or ‘glass half empty’ kind of person…?

Positive thinking has a lot to answer for. It allows you to see the valuable lesson in any setback and use it to your advantage.  Instead of getting upset about what has happened, it lets you take control of your emotions by saying, “how can I learn from this?” By thinking positively, whether that is consciously or subconsciously, you stop your mind housing any negative thoughts or doubts.

If you put this way of thinking into practice in your day-to-day life, it can have an amazing impact. Your confidence will be at an all-time high, releasing endorphins, which in turn, increase that feeling of happiness. Something which might have previously been out of your comfort zone, you won’t bat an eyelid at. By reducing any doubts, you will go full steam ahead to get to where you want to be. In essene, you can change your entire life by simply harnessing the power of positive thinking. By keeping your mind on the end goal, optimists will go above and beyond to achieve this, not letting anything hold them back. If they fall at a hurdle, they look at how they can learn from that hurdle.

The power of positive thinking

Those who are optimistic tend to be of a happier disposition, as they can imagine positive events more vividly and expect them to occur sooner. The more vividly we can imagine something, the more probable we think it is to happen. By having a sense of hope and positive attitude about the future in turn makes us more content in the present. This allows a person to feel more in control of a situation and their life by coping better with stress and adversity. When something bad happens, their positive ways of thinking automatically kick in which lets them look for ways to see the situation as not as bad as they thought.

When a negative event occurs, remember that it’s your response that truly determines the outcome. Always look for the positive response or optimistic lesson when such events take place. At the same time it’s also important not to set yourself up to fail. Any goals need to be realistic. And remember, there’s nothing wrong with your goal changing along the way. It’s all part of the journey.

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