Sometimes we see the world through cloudy-colored glasses. We’ve all been there, we know how it feels. That’s why we put together a list of tips that show us how to nudge our mind toward the sunny side.
Learning to think positively is a skill that you can develop. We are not born feeling optimism, quite the contrary, the human race has its way of fearing the worst. However, thinking positively may feel like strengthening a muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets. And you have every reason to be hopeful. You’ve been through a lot and somehow, every time you figured a way out, you found a solution when nothing seemed to work. You’ll find one next time you’ll be faced with a challenge, no reason to worry!
The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless: experiencing more positive emotions, feeling more alive, sleeping better, being more kind, even having a stronger immune system. Research by UC Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, shows that simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well‑being and life satisfaction.
Go for a walk
Something simple like going on a walk with a friend can help you through a difficult time. It’s a great opportunity to connect with nature and talk about how you’re feeling whether on the phone or in person. You may find that you feel more comfortable talking things through while walking.
Stay on touch with family and friends
One of the secrets to resilience is strong relationships. When you feel a greater level of connection and belonging, chemicals are released in your brain that make you feel happier. How many times have you felt down, called a friend and regained your optimism? Stay in touch with friends, prioritize activities with family and build meaningful relationships. Talk with hopeful people, seek to learn from those around you and offer support at the same time you’re also seeking support. Helping others, contributing to your community and using your talents in meaningful ways all have positive effects on your own feelings of hope and optimism.
And remember: you have the strength to make things work, no matter what!