Optimism is an inheritable trait in about 25 percent of individuals; yet, there are many factors such as socioeconomic status that have a bearing on positivity as well.
NBC News in August 2017 reported that optimism is an inheritable trait in about 25 percent of individuals; yet, there are many factors such as socioeconomic status that have a bearing on positivity as well.
Regardless, glass-half-empty individuals can practice optimism habits to develop a cheerier outlook. Consider these four from the report:
1. Stop equating optimism with happiness. While viewing hardships through rose-colored glasses may result in a joyful lifestyle, cultivating an optimistic disposition does not automatically lead to a rosy existence.
2. Approach life’s stressors in a positive way by investigating alternatives to cope with, fix or alter a difficult situation.
3. Avoid placing blame on self or others; instead, acknowledge negative events as part of life. Apologize when necessary.
4. Remember that tomorrow is another day and there is a chance to try a new approach, change course and make amends.
Verywellmind.com in May encouraged: “The key to optimism is to maximize your successes and minimize your failures. It’s beneficial to look honestly at your shortcomings, so you can work on them, but focusing on your strengths can never hurt.”
For a pessimistic person who is practicing optimistic habits, the goal is to not expect too much too fast. Verywellmind.com reminded that major personality changes and modifications in thinking take time, especially if negative habits and thoughts have been ingrained for a lifetime.
Positivepsychologyprogram.com indicated in March that part of practicing optimism habits involves positive affirmations, ”… positive phrases or statements used to challenge negative or unhelpful thoughts.” Added mindtosucceed.com, words expressed over and over again lead to the “software” in the mind transforming thinking and, ultimately, behavior. Four positive affirmation suggestions are:
1. “Every day and in every way, I am getting better and better and better.“
2. “I am so grateful for my life.“
3. “I find joy and beauty in ordinary things.”
4. “I am at peace; I trust in the process of life.”