How to Cultivate Optimism

by ksteed
Have you ever wondered how a person can be going through a rough patch in their lives and still are happy?

It’s called optimism.  Some people can look on the bright side of things, no matter what life throws at them.  They are the people that could drive you insane because they never complain about anything. You see them constantly complimenting people and reaching out to others, and in turn, that benefits them both.  How so?  Reaching out to other people when you are facing problems makes you forget what is going on in your life.  You are no longer the center of attention.

Take a break from yourself.  Quit trying to figure everything out and stop pretending that you have complete control over your life. It is time that you raise your hands about your head and say, I give up. Give up, you say?  Yes- take a mind break!  Focus on doing a kind deed for someone, help someone with a project, or get involved with children. Children are great; they are constantly seeking something new. You need to do that, too.  Get out of your rut and jump in with both feet, just like a kid would.

This is how to cultivate optimism:

1. Surround yourself with a new environment and different tasks that will challenge you mentally, as well as physically. Get your mind off the same old problems.  Look at life in a different way.  If you find yourself going around the same old mountain, day after day, that mountain is not going away.  It’s time for a change. Go through that mountain by tackling a new objective.

2. Go outside and observe the world. What do you see? Stop and really look at your neighborhood, park, or right outside your window.  Grab a pen or pencil and jot down what you see.

3.  Talk with people and see what new adventures they are taking. Surround yourself with positive people; in time, their zest for life will rub off on you.

4.  Register for a new class at your local school or recreation center. This keeps your mind fresh and renewed.

5.  Volunteer at schools, hospitals, or libraries. Surrounding yourself with new items forces your eyes and brain to look at different objects.  In turn, your senses will be tuned in to your new environment.

As Dr. Jo Anne White, relationship, business and personal coach explains, “Over time, your mind becomes more accustomed to elicit positive thoughts because you have stretched it to comfortably receive them. Train your own mind to be receptive to expect positive outcomes and your personal best.”  You will be a new person, with optimism abounding, no matter what life throws at you.  Today could be a day filled with challenges, excitement, and a new adventures to enhance your life.

Michele Batz, Ph.D. is a physical education teacher and has enjoyed a 30 year career in sports education.  She enjoys her married life with her husband, Dale, and son, Cory, lives in Illinois.  She enjoys working out and tries to help her students to stay motivated throughout their lives.  You can find her blog here.

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