3 Ways to Boost Optimism

From Better Homes and Gardens

Some people are naturally more optimistic than others, and this outlook is partially inherited. But it’s possible to cultivate optimism. “Even if you haven’t won the optimism lottery, you can shift your point of view by putting a concerted effort into changing your mind-set,” says Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. “Optimism is like a muscle; you have to exercise it to build it,” she says. Start with small steps like these.

Write down three things you’re looking forward to.

Put your attention toward those positive things, and then let the good feelings sink in for five minutes.

Reminisce about the past. 

Scientists have found that people who heard songs from their past or thought about events that made them nostalgic felt more optimistic. Bringing up those positive memories can boost confidence, which boosts optimism.

Get enough sleep.

In one study, people who slept seven to eight hours a night were more optimistic than those who got less than six.

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