Maintaining a positive attitude and optimistic outlook takes effort, but it is helpful for your mental health, Bustle discusses.
Below are 11 healthy habits optimistic people have that could help you improve your overall happiness.
- They choose their words wisely
Words matter. How we talk affects how we think, so it’s important to make sure our language is positive. For instance, instead of saying a rainy day is “dreary,” reframe your thought and think of it as “refreshing.” It’s also important to avoid extreme words like “always” or “never.”
- They don’t believe their automatic thoughts
We are often our own worst critics, and we’re prone to think the worst right off the bad. Our brand of self-talk can affect how we think and the way we feel. Try to be more mindful of how you talk to yourself and replace any negative through processes with positive ones. It will take work, but it will be worth it.
- They review their accomplishments
Remind yourself of what you have accomplished, instead of focusing on what you have not. Too often, we focus on what we haven’t done or what we don’t have, instead of what we have done or what we do have. When you’re feeling down or like things aren’t going your way, take stock of your accomplishments.
- They decide to have a great day
We have more control over our lives than we realize. Optimistic people have a habit of deciding they will have a good day. Of course, this doesn’t ensure the day will go the way you want it, but it helps to start off on a positive note.
- They live in the moment
Everyone worries about the future, but optimistic people do not allow themselves to get too wrapped up in those concerns. They focus on the present, instead, and appreciate the moment.
- They hang out with cool people
Optimistic people surround themselves with people who are good people to be around. They don’t hang out with people who complain a lot or add toxicity into their lives. Optimism attracts optimism!
- They notice the little things
When it seems like everything is going wrong in your day, take a page out of an optimistic person’s book and notice the things that did go right. Maybe you had car trouble and got to work late, but the weather was beautiful. Find the good within the bad and you will feel better.
- They don’t put themselves in a box
Optimistic people don’t box themselves in to their job title or social status, they create a sense of identity from the inside, not from external factors.
- They set goals and intentions
Another important habit of optimism is intention. Setting goals and committing yourself to them is crucial to maintaining happiness. Goals also keep some constants in your life even when things go wrong.
- They focus on doing their best
Optimistic people know that all you can do is give your all and do your best. Remind yourself of that and see how your outlook improves.
- They go to bed feeling grateful
Take stock of the good things in your life before going to bed. Positive reflection is a helpful way to end your day, regardless of what may have gone wrong during it.