Is your glass half-full or half-empty? The answer to that question has little to do with your circumstances and everything to do with your attitude. Countless scientific studies have shown that the ‘fake it ’til you make it’ mantra, which dictates that simply smiling more will make you happier, actually works.
The key to being happy and loving life is taking the steps to improve your wellbeing and attempt to see the world in a more positive light. With that in mind, here are five simple ways to be more optimistic in 2020.
1. Fake It ‘Til You Make It
As mentioned, faking it until you make it is a proven winning strategy. Simply smiling more can go a long way toward improving your overall mood and wellbeing.
Beyond this, you should be embracing a positive mindset and trying to view every situation as a positive rather than just focusing on the negative. Adjusting your thinking towards an optimistic mindset is crucial if you want true happiness in life.
2. Healthy Bodies Make for Happy Minds
While injecting more optimism into your day is one thing, adopting a healthier lifestyle can do wonders for your happiness levels. There is an abundance of evidence that shows how eating a balanced diet, spending time outdoors, and exercising regularly can dramatically lift your mood and improve your mental wellbeing.
Even just cutting out unhealthy habits like drinking, smoking, and fast food can quickly have an uplifting effect and make you see that the glass is half full.
3. Remove Negative Influences
Living a happy life is not just about how you behave. Those around you also play a crucial role. That’s why it is important to distance yourself from anyone or anything that you know is having a bad impact on your mental wellbeing.
If you have friends that don’t make you feel good or colleagues that prefer to put you down rather than raising you up, then you are best off keeping a distance from them. Other negative influences that you could cut include social media and the news.
4. Consider What You Are Grateful For
This might seem like a simple solution, but its positive effects cannot be overstated. Consider starting a gratitude journal, where you can write down everything you are grateful for in a place where you can look at it every day.
When you’re having days where the glass feels half empty, you can consult your gratitude journal to be reminded of all of the ways that your glass is full.
5. Accept What You Cannot Control
Finally, it is important to accept that some things are always going to be out of control. If you are going through a period of grieving, it can be tempting to dwell on the things that you cannot change.
However, the key to happiness is often being able to accept that the world is a random place. Rather than seek to control everything, the best you can do is roll with the punches and try to focus more on the things that you can actually control.
We Can Help You Keep Your Glass Half Full
When grief strikes, staying positive is often easier said than done. However, with the right support and resources at your side, anything is possible. If you’re struggling to see your glass half full, we can help.
Our Dealing with Grief guide contains all of the essential resources and advice you could possibly need to stay optimistic during darker times. We’re here for you.
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