How To Train Your Brain To Be More Optimistic

1. MAKE MINDFULNESS A DAILY PRACTICE
Mindfulness can be accurately defined as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations (as) a therapeutic technique.”

Ultimately, this perceivable convoluted practice comes down to one thing: accepting our thoughts non-judgmentally and looking forward.

2. GIVE PRAISE TO SOMEONE DESERVING
If we think hard (maybe not so hard), we know of someone that is or has been unappreciated for whatever reason. This second tip is important because it provides a sense of validity and worthiness for the worthy recipient.

Thank someone for their efforts; no matter if its family or co-workers. Send a quick email to someone that has gone “above and beyond” in some way – no matter how big or small.

3. DOING SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE, EVERY DAY
Regardless of the situation that we may find ourselves in, doing something positive for any person can reap many rewards – both for ourselves and the recipient.

4. SEARCH FOR POSITIVES – AND WRITE THEM DOWN
The willingness to search for and recognise the gifts bestowed upon us is a powerful anecdote to a negative state of mind. In a society that regularly shows people that are supposedly better off than ourselves, it is tempting to fall into the trap of victim hood.