An optimistic person sees the glass half-full. It doesn’t come naturally to many people, but here are some habits you can pick up from the optimistic people in your life.
In this article:
- Surround Yourself With Positive People
- Forgive Others
- Focus on Creating Solutions
- Practice Gratitude
- Minimize Distractions
- Keep an Open Mind
- Look for the Silver Lining
- Crack a Smile
- Believe in Yourself
- Take Criticism Seriously, Not Personally
- Listen to Others
- Live in the Present Moment
- Be Honest and Authentic
13 Habits to Help You Become More Optimistic
1. Surround Yourself with Positive People
You get the energy from the five people you spend the most time with and carry that to everyone you meet.
- When you hang out with people who harbor so much negativity and insecurity, that negative energy rubs off on you very quickly.
- When you hang out with other optimistic people, you learn to see the bright side of life and not take yourself too seriously.
2. Forgive Others
Forgiveness doesn’t mean acting as if the wrong things people did to you didn’t happen. It means choosing to make peace with the situation and not to harbor hurt for your own healing.
This is easier said than done – after all, why is it much easier for people to hold grudges instead of accepting things as they happened and letting go? An optimistic person knows when to do just that.
While you can’t control how people act towards you, you can control how you respond to them. By choosing to forgive, you make space for better things and better people.
3. Focus on Creating Solutions
Every time optimistic people face a setback, they ask themselves “What can I do to make this better?” They know that complaining doesn’t get you anywhere so it’s better to find ways to improve what they can fix and know when it’s time to throw in the towel.
Optimism stems from focusing on the solution instead of dwelling on the problems – it gives you the sense that, for every problem, there’s a way to sort it out.
4. Practice Gratitude
A person who is optimistic appreciates even the smallest of blessings they get. They don’t see any positive thing happening to them as a step before the other shoe drops.
When you do get a large blessing, being optimistic helps you become even more grateful and appreciative for what you receive and share them with others.
5. Minimize Distractions
If you want to be more optimistic, you need to build consistency in whatever you do. Part of this is minimizing all the distractions and detractors from your life like:
- Analysis paralysis: When you over-analyze your options so much, you fail to make a decision in the end. Sometimes, you just have to make a decision and stick with the outcome.
- Fear of missing out: This is when you want to do what everyone else is doing and pay more attention to what you lack instead of what you have. Focus on what truly matters to you.
- Poor time management and prioritization: Reduce your focus on time-wasters that don’t serve your short and long-term goals. Determine what your priorities are and never forget to make time for them during the day.
- Negative people: Stop surrounding yourself with people who drain you instead of building you up.
The more you succeed, the easier it is for you to stay positive.
6. Keep an Open Mind
Optimistic people give the people they meet the benefit of the doubt – they don’t judge any person they meet on the outset until they have a chance to get to know them. They’re also open to experiencing things outside their comfort zone and taking a leap of faith no matter how things would turn out.
This doesn’t mean ignoring people’s flaws. In fact, they embrace flaws and consider them a part of who they are. Optimists have a diverse set of friends because they choose to see the good in people instead of pre-judging based on first impressions or frivolous criteria.
7. Look for the Silver Lining
When life gives you lemons, you learn to make lemonade out of them. Focusing on the good things gives you a lot of power to plow through each day and opens you to things you might be missing out on.
8. Crack a Smile
Smiling easily turns a bad day into a better one and helps you better manage your stress levels. Because smiles (even forced ones) are contagious, you also help lift up the people around you and make their day better.
9. Believe in Yourself
An optimistic person believes they can contribute value to this world and have faith that things will work out in the end. Trust your judgment and believe that you can succeed.
It’s more than just saying that things are going to work out – also do things that further reinforce the belief.
- Set smart, reasonable goals.
- Accept situations as they are and learn to move forward from challenges.
- Practice mindfulness techniques like meditation.
10. Take Criticism Seriously, Not Personally
Optimistic people consider criticism as an opportunity for growth and development. It’s easy to take them as personal attacks, but optimistic people believe that criticism comes from the right place and they know when to take it seriously and when to take note of it for later.
11. Listen to Others
Listening is one skill many people struggle with, but because optimistic people keep an open mind, they listen to other viewpoints and consider their opinions, as well. When you’re willing to listen, it shows the other person that you’re secure and you value their opinions.
12. Live in the Present Moment
It’s okay to have worries about what the future holds. Worry about it too much, however, and you fail to live in the moment. Learn to appreciate the little things like your morning coffee or the chilly wind.
13. Be Honest and Authentic
An optimistic person embraces themselves and other people as who they are, warts and all. Focus on being you and stop comparing yourself to other people.
As what people always say – comparison is the thief of joy.
Being an optimistic person brings a lot of good things to your personal success and your health. When you begin to see the glass as half-full instead of half-empty, you learn to spot new opportunities and see challenges as learning experiences
What does an optimistic person mean to you? Share your answers in the comments section below!