Exactly how full is your glass?
Picture a large glass filled to the halfway mark with water. How do you see it—half full or half empty? Consistently finding the glass half empty (read: the world is a difficult place) is a hallmark of negativity. Research has found that a negative outlook can contribute to everything from depression to heart disease to lowered immune system function. It can affect sleep, weight maintenance, the quality of your relationships, your social life, and even your ability to maintain a job.
Now imagine what it would feel like to approach life from a place of positivity, fun, connection, health, and possibility. Here are 6 tips for doing just that:
- Go complaint-free. Try going an hour without complaining and instead, see the positive things in your life. Next, try a day, a week, and so on.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each evening, list at least 5 things that you are grateful for.
- Give compliments freely. Notice the good in others. Praise every person you interact with.
- Find beauty everywhere in your world. Trust me, there's so much beauty around us - we only need to see it. Notice its simplicity!
- Share your good news. Studies show that sharing happy events brings even more happiness. Don't feel as though you have to keep it quite - your goodness will inspire others to see theirs as well.
- Focus on what you want. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
Maintaining a positive outlook takes practice, and the more you do it, the easier it gets. The payoff, a happier, healthier life, is absolutely worth the effort and is closer than you think.