Look on the Bright Side

“If it clouds up in the city,

The weather man complains.

But where I come from,

Rain is a good thing.”

Luke Bryan, Rain is a Good Thing

How many times have you heard people complain? People complain that it’s Monday, or that they have to go to work all day, or that it’s raining (…snowing if you’re in Ohio).

I don’t know about you, but I find complaining extremely annoying.

Now don’t get me wrong; I don’t necessarily enjoy Mondays, working nine to five, or rain/snow, but I at least try to look on the bright side of life.

  • Instead of complaining that it’s Monday, be thankful you woke up to see another day.
  • Instead of complaining about your work schedule, think about all the people who are struggling because they don’t have a job.
  • Instead of complaining about the weather, be thankful you get to experience different seasons.

What is Optimism?

Webster’s Dictionary has two definitions for the word optimism.

  1. “A doctrine that this world is the best possible world.”
  2. “An inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.”

How Optimism Will Change Your Life

Being optimistic is a choice. If you choose to have a positive outlook, your life will improve in many ways.

How optimism will change your life:

  • Attitude. There’s a drastic difference between an optimistic person’s attitude and a pessimistic person’s attitude. An optimistic person tends to be happier.
  • Health. Being optimistic improves your health. According to research done by Mental Health America, “people who are pessimistic have a 20 percent higher chance of dying over a 30-year period than those who are optimistic.”
  • Personable. People would rather be around someone who looks on the bright side of life rather than someone who is always down in the dumps.

Check out 10 ways to start feeling optimistic about your life.

How to be Optimistic

  • Use positive self-talk.
  • Count your blessings. Be grateful and thankful for everything you have – your home, friends, family, health, vehicle, etc.
  • Smile more often. Smiling will make yourself feel happy – even if you’re having a bad day.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you’re worried about something (a test for example), remind yourself it’s only one test. In five years, it probably won’t matter what grade you got on one test in one class.
  • Look to the future. Don’t dwell on past failures. Look ahead and strive for success.

Remember: No One is Perfect

You might be an optimistic person, but that doesn’t mean every day is filled with smiles and rainbows. Everyone has bad days.

Getting a flat tire, receiving a bad grade or having a migraine are a few things that might put a damper on your day. Luckily, each day is a new beginning. Each new day has the potential to be extraordinary if you have that mindset.

Do you think being optimistic has the power to change your life? Why or why not?