OPTIMISM

If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Chinese Proverb

Glass half full or half empty? Actually that does not matter. Optimism is less about positive thinking and much more about positive action. From finding reasons to be grateful to getting outside for a walk there are a hundred tiny ways to build your happiness levels every day. Research shows too that optimism has a strong connection with being proactive and being resilient. Focus on just one of these three will lead to strength in the others.

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

Optimism Worksheets

Activities linked to the book…

ABCDE Worksheet
ABCDE Worksheet

The power of the ABCDE approach is that by diffusing illogical maladaptive beliefs allows more rational and adaptive beliefs to emerge, and shifts your Cs to more effective and adaptive feelings and behaviours.

Optimism Health Checker
Optimism Health Checker

There are 5 elements essential to lasting contentment. Ask yourself to what extent these are in your life and how you could go about encouraging more of each. It’s like taking a little health check of your optimism levels.

Shifting Moods
Shifting Moods

How can we shift our moods so that we can limit the negative sway over our thoughts and emotions? This worksheet will help you to do just that.

MORNING ROUTINE EXERCISE
MORNING ROUTINE EXERCISE

To increase our optimism and wellbeing levels we should pay more attention to what our minds are doing. Yet the focus of our thoughts is not usually part of our daily planning …

More Optimism resources…

Charming talks for a boost on a bad day
Charming talks for a boost on a bad day

Bad days happen to good people. Here are talks guaranteed to help cheer you up.

Give Thanks.
Give Thanks.

These TED Talks will help you conjure up massive amounts of gratitude.

Your brain is a powerful tool, but is wired for you to survive and at times subconsciously operates at cross purposes with what you might consider to be the best behavior. This presents a problem in the world where digital devices have led to increasingly high levels of stress in our lives. Being “Mindful” insures that you properly reflect on the situation before acting and behave in a way that would be most beneficial. Being present, in an open and accepting way, with the right mindset, to what you are experiencing, prepares you for this optimal behavior.

Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

Winter Energisers

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As the days get colder and the nights draw in (here in the West anyway!) our energy can start to dip. Here are some easy ideas to give your energy a boost:…

How to Slow Down

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 Slowing down is key to productivity, making great decisions and being happy.  Yet we spend most of our time doing the exact opposite.  Try these tips for immediate impact.

10 Steps to Optimism

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Optimism can be learned, and we all need to start learning to develop healthy optimism.  The key to optimism is asking ourselves more questions before automatically defaulting into a negative response.

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