10 Tips on how to see the glass half full

Despite what people think, you are not born a pessimist; it is something that you learn. Equally, you can teach yourself to be an optimist. So, if that glass always appears to be nearing the bottom, read on, and read ten ways to help you see the glass half full:

1. Turn off the news

The best news for the ratings is the bad news, so turn it off, if you don’t want to be constantly reminded of all the things that can go wrong. Watch something uplifting and inspirational instead because, sadly, there will always be bad things going on around the world, and there is little that we can do to change that.

2. Look for the positives

When you look at any situation, if you look hard enough, there will usually be a positive side to it. If the glass is half empty, then that’s probably because you enjoyed the first half, so celebrate that and then enjoy the rest!

3. Be realistic

You have to expect both ups and downs in life, so be realistic and don’t blow the downs out of all proportion. No one’s life is 100% perfect and, remember, without the down moments, how would you recognize the good ones.

4. Thank your lucky star

Be grateful for what you do have, rather than worrying about what you don’t. Hey, some people don’t even have a glass!

5. Look for the opportunity in a difficulty

Being an optimist doesn’t mean ignoring problems, but it does mean seeking the positives of every situation. Try and see difficulties as challenges to be overcome, not as dead ends to be given up on.

6. Take the decision to be happy

When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself that this is going to be a good day and that you are going to be happy. There is no magic button that you can press but, if you try, you can slowly change your own attitude on life just with positive thinking.

7. Surround yourself with happy people

Optimism is catching, so try and spend more time with optimistic, positive people. Seek out people who will make you challenge your negative views and not just agree with your pessimistic ones.

8. Concentrate on what you can control

Accept what you can’t change and just work on the things that you can. Pessimism breeds more pessimism and the more you tell yourself that something is wrong and that nothing can be done about it, the more generally down you will become. So, if it can’t be fixed, forget about it! Focus, instead, on something that you can change and then you will have a positive outcome to celebrate.

9. Help other people

Giving something back can be a great way to change your whole outlook on life. A report that was published by United Healthcare found that over seventy percent of people who do volunteer work classed themselves as being optimistic and ninety percent of the volunteers reported that helping others improved their own sense of well-being.

10. Focus on today

You can’t enjoy today if you are too preoccupied with the past, so put past mistakes to one side and concentrate on what is good, here and now. The real possibilities are today, so enjoy every minute of it!

Is your glass half full or half empty? How to be more positive? What are your best tips?

Stay happy!

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