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For most people, it’s hard to be positive yet so easy to be negative, and you don’t have to blame yourself for it. It also depends on our genes, country and socioeconomic status. In fact, pessimism is a highly heritable personality trait, says Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Optimism is determined by how we explain or define events. If you define positive events in the following three ways, you are halfway there;

  • It happened because you did something. Probably you were so focused on it that you manifested and made it happen.
  • This is a sign of more good things coming your way and a better future.
  • It’s a sign that good things will happen in other areas of your life too.

Here are some ways to practice optimism.

Imagine your ideal self and future

Visualizing your best possible self is the key to bringing positivity in your life. Perhaps your dream life in 10 years. It will boost your level of optimism. A psychology professor at the University of California said that it works because when we imagine our dreams becoming true instead of stressing about the worst outcomes, our optimism muscles workout and strengthen. Moreover, when we visualize our best possible life, it helps us experience the moment without it even happening in real life. That way, we make efforts to achieve it.

 Accept that disappointment and problems are inevitable

Being optimistic doesn’t mean ignoring the difficulties as if they don’t exist. Accepting them as a temporary part or phase of life helps us process our emotions properly. Optimism is thinking about how even the worst of events help us grow and become stronger. It’s about thinking that bad situations are not permanent. Simply put, it’s positive anticipation of a situation.

 Fight against your negative thoughts

Most negative scenarios that we imagine don’t even happen. Especially when we don’t let that negative imagination take control or power over our emotions. That is why it is important to argue our pessimistic thoughts. Converse with that pessimistic voice and prove it wrong.

 Broaden your perspective

Here’s another evidence-backed approach; counteract your extreme negative thoughts with extreme positive ones. It will help you find that sweet spot in between and balance your approach.

 Stop blaming and start rewarding

To build trust in your abilities, you must ponder on the things you did when something good happened in your life. Believe that you deserve this and more. Reward yourself; the good happened in your life because you are good.

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