Look on the bright side
Optimism has been so trendy that it’s begun to take a downturn. People imagine that looking on the bright side is tantamount to turning a blind eye and ignoring problems. Nonetheless, you may want to look at optimists differently. When you adopt a positive attitude, you do not need to pretend challenges do not exist; you face them with an open mind and cope with them more easily than if you are pessimistic. Your experience of life improves if you choose to hold joy in your heart instead of misery in your head. Happy people are optimists.
Gratitude causes you to feel wonderful as you recognize your blessings. Even on your darkest days, you can be thankful for aspects of your life. Perhaps you enjoy good health, have a loving partner, a good job, or there is another part of your world that brings you joy. Naturally, everything does not go your way all the time.
On occasion, every part of your life is great. However, often, there are blissful areas and those at the opposite end of the joy-making scale. Life moves; ups and downs occur all the time. Realizing that this is normal and you just have to move with it without resisting challenges and struggling in your head can bring you peace. Contented people do not struggle, they accept experiences and choose to grow from those that are taxing.
It’s hard to be happy when facets of your life are askew. If you consume too much of anything, or adopt extremes of behavior, your emotions and body take a hit. When you are balanced, your mindscape is ripe for joy. Cheerful people put equal amounts of energy into parts of their lives from which they expect to reap rewards.
For instance, you may work hard because you want money and career advancement, but if you don’t spend time with people you love, money and prestige is meaningless. Aim to live a balanced life and you will be happier than if your energy only flows in one direction.
If you want to be happy, let optimism, gratitude and balanced habits put you on the right track.