5 Simple Ways To Bring More Optimism To Your Life

by Kendall Wood

Optimism. Simply saying the word makes you feel a little bit lighter. Optimism is a quality that we might all like to possess. Engaging the ability to look on the bright side of things, feeling empowered despite constraints and finding opportunity in every difficulty are a few ways that optimists operate. How adoring we are of this breed of individual that steadfastly takes life for what it's worth and presses on with strength and positivity. Optimism is a way of life. It is not inherited; it is adopted.

Here's five ways to be more optimistic:


It's very simple. Turn your frown upside-down, and smile as often as possible. Your sad facial expression not only elicits negative energy, but that energy rubs off on everyone around you and turns people off. No one wants to be in the presence of a Debbie Downer. Negativity is toxic. Be the sunshine in the room. A smile is sometimes the only thing needed to brighten another person's day, including your own.

Be grateful.

Stop worrying about what you don't have, and spend some time enjoying all the good things in your life. The more you learn to appreciate what you do have, the more satisfied you will be and the more happiness you will feel. Also remember to embrace the lows of life for what they are: lessons. Each obstacle makes you stronger and contributes to your resilience, which translates to optimism and a brighter outlook on the future.

Forget envy.

Jealousy is a negative attribute to hold onto to. Why be envious of others when you are capable of great things yourself? Turn jealousy into positive energy. Be just as enthusiastic about the accomplishments of your friends as you are of your own. Use your new found positive energy as a catalyst for your personal successes.

Stop being so critical.

Criticizing others, as well as yourself, does nothing for your positive perspective. Spend your time bettering yourself, rather than criticizing others. Why be concerned with bringing down other people? Your judgments are only negatively affecting you and adding to a negative outlook, rather than contributing to your optimism.


Working out every day contributes greatly to your happiness and optimism. If you have pent up negative emotions, take it out on the treadmill and punching bag. Exercise not only energizes your body, but it also energizes your mind and puts you in a better mood with the release of hormones. Physical activity for at least 20 minutes a day will lead you toward a more optimistic outlook.