Tip #2: Stay Positive

Changing your thinking can change your life. Take steps to increase your optimism. It’s likely that our species survived because of our knack for detecting danger. However, our worry-filled thoughts can present dangers of their own: Thinking negatively can drag down our moods, our actions and even our health. Experts say it’s worthwhile – and possible – to learn how to think more positively. Trying to be optimistic doesn’t mean ignoring the uglier sides of life. It just means focusing on the positive as much as possible and it gets easier with practice.

If you want to pump up your optimism, you might write about a positive future, search for the silver lining in the clouds by looking for the positive in any negative situation, and practicing gratitude.