How to be Optimistic, Even if Times are Tough
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There are a variety of reasons why you should want to be optimistic. This positive state of mind has been verified as a successful strategy to prevent mental and physical illness, and people who practice optimism regularly do better at work, school and sports, are less depressed and have better personal relationships.
Optimists have problems too … but they choose to focus on the good things in life instead.
What’s not to like?
Well, if given the option most of us would gladly choose to stay positive all the time. But then this pesky thing called reality keeps getting in the way. The economy is slumping. Jobs are hard to come by and those of us who have one are waiting on-edge for the next round of lay-offs. Some of us are having trouble making basic ends meet, and others are already unable to and are drowning in debt.
To put it lightly, many of us have a lot to complain about. But then again, many of us have a lot to be thankful for too, no? This is the simple difference between someone who is optimistic and someone who is pessimistic; it’s all about mindset.
"Of course, optimists get stressed," says David Snowdon, a professor of neurology at the University of Kentucky in a Prevention article. "But they automatically turn the response off much more quickly and return to a positive mental and physical state."
The good news is that you, too, can learn how to turn on that “happy” switch, even when times are tough -- and here’s how.
Embrace and Support Your Positive Self with the #1 Most Recommended Relax
There's no need to worry; do the so-what if's.
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Make sure every thought that goes through your head about YOU is something positive.