Have you ever been around a friend or family member who is so negative that you find it hard to be around that person? I have. I want to support them, but after a while, it gets to be a bit draining. And, I tell myself that I care (and I do) but sometimes I wonder if I do it to pump up my own ego or to feel better about what’s going on in my life. I think it’s probably natural to react that way, but for me, I’m the type of person who does see my glass half full.
One of the most powerful lessons that I have learned is that I have the power to control my thoughts. Yes, sometimes life sends us challenging situations, but we can make a choice about how we are going to feel and react about them. I know it’s hard when you’re right in the middle of something but we can choose to see the good or positive aspects of a situation, and even though it doesn’t seem like it, there is usually a valuable life lesson in almost any circumstance. Also, I believe being positive helps with stress and can even improve your health. Some studies actually show that personality traits such as optimism can affect areas of your health and well-being.
There’s a lot of self-help books, online information, and people you can talk with to help you have a more positive outlook but what has helped me is being more grateful which kind of goes hand-in-hand with being positive or optimistic. I also try to pay attention to my thoughts which become my words, which then become my actions. So, why not start with positive, grateful thoughts? I think it really does make any challenge in your life easier to deal with. So why not look at your glass as half full?!
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