The pursuit of happiness is a universal struggle. We all want to be happy, but…
Do you want to become an optimist? An optimistic personality is thought to have a wide-ranging positive effect on wellbeing. In fact, research showing that optimists are less likely to suffer from stress, anxiety or depression. But are we born with this positivity? Or can we develop it? Next? What steps can you take for becoming an optimists?
It’s easy for repeated responses to become conditioned. This including negativity. Our the go-to reaction to any kind of set-back being a negative one . Moreover often forgetting to question this response or the reasons behind it. In short mindfulness involves developing an awareness of your emotions. As well as your physical and behavioural responses.
Listening To Your Inner Voice
Becoming self aware helping us being more aware of our inner voice. It’s the voice speaking to us and commenting on our world and behaviour. Moreover noticing what this voice is saying. Is it generally negative or positive? Does it regularly do any of the following?
- Magnifying the negative aspects of situations
- Blaming you for things outside your control
- Anticipating the worst outcome of situations
- Seeing things as black and white
- Making broad statements such as “you always do this” or “this always happens”
- Personalising negative situations – “it would happen to me”
In becoming an optimist, changing our inner voice is key .Thus removing unhelpful or negative thoughts. Whilst replacing them with more balanced, positive ones.
True optimism is different from blind optimism. It’s not naivety or overconfidence, but a general positive outlook on life. You don’t have to force yourself to be happy, simply question your negativity. Of course there are times when you’re going to feel unhappy or think you’ve been treated unfairly. However your optimism will be improved by concentrating on what you can do for overcoming obstacles rather than what you can’t .
Changing the way you think is easier said than done . Hypnotherapy helping you cement these changes. As well as making long-lasting adjustments to your thinking process. Positive daily affirmations such as the below being helpful in doing this.
- Anything is possible
- My outlook and attitude is under my control
- There is always a choice
These tips can be a start to becoming an optimist. In addition, there are many other ways of developing this positive trait. Positive outcomes including improved relationships, success at work and better health. As well as lowering levels of depressions, improving your immune system and reducing your risk of some illnesses.
If you’d like further help and advice about becoming an optimist please do get in touch.