Even though bad things happen every single day, good things happen just as often. We just don't realize it, because it's easier to focus on what's going wrong than on what's going right. However, you'll be a much happier person if you think positive thoughts, so here are a few tricks for acting more optimistically:
1. Turn Your Envy into Energy
A great way to become a more optimistic person is by altering the way you think about a certain situation. For instance, if someone lands the internship you wanted instead of you, you're going to be jealous. However, you can change that envy into energy. Instead of letting someone else's success get you down, let it inspire you to work harder.
2. Listen to Inspirational Music in the Morning
On your drive to work, listen to motivational music to get you pumped for the day. While you write an essay for class, listen to the same inspirational playlist. Music is a great way to alter our moods, so use it to your advantage. Instead of listening to songs about death and destruction, make a point to listen to happy ones about loving life.
3. Do Something That Makes You Happy Everyday
You'll become more optimistic if you actually enjoy your life. Even though you have to do things you don't want to do, like go to work or class, you can do something small everyday that makes you happy. It doesn't matter if that means watching your favorite YouTuber or eating your favorite snack. Just treat yourself to something that'll remind you of the beauty of life.
4. Get Rid of Negative Thoughts and Phrases
Don't use negative words like "never" and "I can't." You can do anything that you set your mind to, so don't lie to yourself by saying you're incapable of something that is entirely possible. Give yourself some credit. You're stronger and smarter than you think.
5. Smile, Even when You're Unhappy
When you force yourself to smile, it'll trick your brain into thinking that you're actually happy. Plus, it's a great way to spread positivity. That's why you should smile whenever you lock eyes with a stranger, whenever you watch a funny video, and whenever you're having a bad day.
6. Leave Little Post-It Notes around the House
Since it's so easy to fall into the habit of being pessimistic, you have to leave yourself reminders to think positively. The best way to do that is by leaving inspirational messages around your room or on the lock screen of your phone. It's best to pick something from a celebrity that you admire, because it'll be all the more meaningful to you.
7. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Don't compare your beauty or your success to anyone else's. No good will come from it. Everyone is on their own path, so even though your younger cousin is living a lovely life, it doesn't mean you're a failure. Success comes to everyone at different points, so don't give up hope that things will get better for you.
The more optimistic you are, the more likely you are to enjoy a situation, even when it ends poorly. That's the beauty of positive thinking. In the spirit of optimism, what's something that you're looking forward to doing this week?