Why be a glass-half-empty kind of person?
A Smile Pact is a great way to share the many things that you and your fellow Pactees enjoy everyday. We find this Pact positive and uplifting and that it encourages an optimistic outlook, and generally being a little more glass half full.
Researchers have found that it is possible to develop a more optimistic outlook and attitude and that the health and wellbeing benefits of a positive and optimistic approach are considerable. Would you believe that optimistically looking at life can allow you to become more resilient and confident, and also make experiences more fulfilling and enjoyable?
Did you know that research suggests that optimists live healthier lives in general and are less likely than pessimists to die from health conditions including cancer, heart disease, and strokes? The benefits of being optimistic are not limited to your health and wellbeing. Studies show that optimists are more likely to earn a higher income and have better relationships, too. So, just how can you alter your way of thinking and approach life from a different perspective?
Be thankful and reflective.
We all know that from time to time life can throw all sorts of difficult situations at us. How you choose to perceive these events will determine how we respond to them. If you can see the gift in challenging situations, it becomes much easier for you to release the stress and move on positively.
Ask yourself, what’s the lesson or the gift in what you’re experiencing right now? And remember, it’s usually when we’re challenged mentally and physically that we grow and learn the most about ourselves.
When faced with a demanding issue we’re often guilty of seeing the problems it can cause, rather than considering what solutions there are. Don’t dwell on, or exaggerate problems, redirect your mind to a more positive outcome and visualise how the situation might work out well.
If we think about it, there are all sorts of things that could cause us to feel anxious and miserable, but in reality, very few are important. Becoming an optimist is really about focusing your attention on the things that matter to you. If the motorway is closed due to an accident, be grateful that you’re not involved rather than getting anxious that the accident will make you late.
Our Pact (challenge) for you.
Here’s the challenge, why not try? And on top of that, it could dramatically impact your physical health.
Take the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for all the good things life brings you and share these within your Smile Pact. Aim to start and finish your day by expressing thankfulness for the things that make you happy.
It sounds obvious, but who you spend time with can have a big impact on how you view different situations. If you’re constantly surrounding yourself with people who think negatively and talk negatively. Then it will be much harder for you to maintain your optimistic outlook.
Having things to look forward to in the future practically supports an optimistic outlook. This is not just about planning fun activities such as family time or a holiday, but getting into the habit of looking at your upcoming daily schedule and planning in some time for revitalising events. Such as catching up with a friend or even planning to spend 10 minutes in the park at lunchtime enjoying the sunshine, these events can help lift your mood.
So if you are naturally a glass half empty person, if you want to become more optimistic, you need to really want it in order to be successful. Willpower or willingness is crucial when we want to change, and it’s not something you can do overnight. Allow your fellow Pactees to support and encourage you. We know that it can be easier said than done but just make that first step. You could simply buy a coffee for a work colleague or tell a family member you love them. Feeling like you have improved someone else’s mood is a fantastic way to begin changing your outlook.
Who makes you smile?
I know from my own experience reading through our smile Pact is one of my faviourte times of the day. It could be as little as seeing some nice flowers or as a big as a wedding day but all having the goal of showing the world is a lovely place is certainly something to be proud off. So apply the same rules to optimism and try to Always Look On The Bright Side of Life. You never know where it may take you.
A final thought.
“Blessed are they who see the beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing”