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By Damilola Faustino

Sometimes, it can be difficult to be optimistic in the face of everything going on in the world and in our personal lives. It’s good to question or be skeptical of certain people and situations that appear in our lives, but it can also cause you to miss some of the good things in life. It has been shown that living an optimistic life as opposed to a pessimistic one can actually lessen your chances to develop diseases and chronic conditions later in life. Below is how you can live an optimistic life regardless of the happenings in your life:

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Smile and be happy

When you smile, you actually begin to feel happier. For one thing, others will usually smile at you. You’ll be seen as a kinder and happier person – and, who knows – you might start to believe it.

Think about what you can make happen

Rather than thinking about what might happen to you, think instead of what you can do to make positive things and events happen in your life. It’s being part of the solution rather than the cause.

Don’t assume you’re going to fail

You may have failed at business or relationships in the past, but the future is a clean slate. Don’t think your negative thoughts into coming true and produce a bad ending.

Don’t let life pass you by

If you continue with pessimistic thinking, you could wake up one day and realise you’ve lived a miserable life. Every single minute counts and if you spend most of it brooding about what might have been, you’ll have wasted precious time.

Positive affirmations will definitely help

If you’re a pessimistic person, try repeating short phrases that remind you that you’re attempting to be more positive. Affirmations such as, “I can control my attitude towards the life I live.”

Keep busy

An idle mind can get into all sorts of trouble and begin to take negative thoughts seriously. Engage in positive activities such as taking a class, visiting friends or family, reading a good book or exercising.

Be around people with positive thinking

When you hear another person expressing pessimistic thoughts, share a different perspective with them. It will also help you from turning toward pessimistic thoughts.

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