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.
Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Bad days happen to good people. Here are talks guaranteed to help cheer you up.
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.