The Best Ways to Improve Yourself: Being Optimistic

By Mae Davies / October 27, 2014
The Best Ways to Improve Yourself: Being Optimistic
If asked about life, it’s likely most (if not all) of us would mention how we wish we could make our lives better. We would say so because wishing to improve one’s life by way of one’s acts, like improving one’s self, is human nature. Trace mankind’s history and you’ll find numerous pieces of evidence of this fact. But not everybody can do it easily because it’s easier said than done. For instance, there are so many ways you can improve yourself that starting by choosing which one would be the most effective way for you may be overwhelming, discouraging you from doing so. But we believe everybody should have a shot at making his life better, so to help you do so, allow us to discuss being optimistic, one of the best ways to improve yourself.

An optimistic person may be described as somebody who shows or exudes his sincere feeling or belief that good things will happen to him in the future. We know that life in general has become very difficult, with the financial crises, global warming, the unrest in certain regions, etc., so we understand if you find such an individual ridiculous. But, in order to actually receive the gains that such a person believes in, you have to be optimistic. A pessimistic person may feel so hopeless that he would not be able to trust anybody or anything. His awful feeling renders him unable to see the good in his life, blinding him from the opportunities for improving it that may come his way. Such blindness causes him to not be able to grab these opportunities, miring him in stagnation. The longer he remains stuck, the harder it will be for him to feel better and thereby change his life for the better. There’s no way that this person can do so if he doesn’t believe he can. In order to believe so, he has to be optimistic. improve yourself

To help you start being optimistic, here are some tips:

Let go

As painful as your failures may be, do not wallow in self-pity. Feeling sorry for yourself prolongs your suffering, magnifies it, affects all of the aspects of your life in adverse ways, and renders you not able to feel good once again.

Stay away from negativity

Negative people, harmful practices, and depressing situations fuel your awful feeling, so you should stay away from them in order to see the good in your life and thereby feel good once again.

Make a conscious effort to remain optimistic

Faking it never works because doing so only gives you a temporary sense of relief. You’ll feel bad once again when you find yourself in another difficult situation. One way to truly feel good about yourself and your life is by remaining focused on good things and people, like your hobbies and friends. Doing so distracts you from negativity, enabling you to remain optimistic.

Improving your life starts in your mind. Have clear mental images of how to do so and believe you can significantly improve your chances for success. This requires being optimistic. Having discussed the above-mentioned way to improve yourself, we hope to help you improve your life today.

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About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.