Can You Train yourself to be More Optimistic?
Optimism is associated with not only positive moods and self confidence but also vitality, mental and physical and freedom from anxiety. This is the reason why the importance of optimism cannot be ignored. As a matter of fact, optimist people are naturally more fun to be around. Even though you may not be inherently optimistic, it is possible to learn how to be one. Stanford Psychologist, Sonya Lyubomirsky, says that the best way to train yourself to optimistic is by keeping a "Best Possible Selves Diary". This diary will help you see the best version of your future self as you would want it to be. In a recent experiment, the volunteers who maintained the "Best Possible Selves Diary" showed great optimism and had better mental as well as physical health, reports Huffington Post.
The motive behind keeping a diary is to not have unrealistic dreams but to put things into perspective so that you can maintain your focus on things that matter the most. When you hold a positive vision of the future, you are able to feel more confident which in turn helps you channel your efforts and time in the activities that will help you further your purpose. The people who have a focus and sense of purpose report less cases of anxiety and depression, says Huffington Post.
To start, you need to follow an exercise where you sit for 20 minutes each day and picture yourself in the future. Spur your imagination and think of a best possible version of yourself, now write this down, writes Huffington Post.