Why is optimism important?
Having an optimistic attitude helps people to be happier, more successful, and healthier. Optimism makes people more resistant to stress. My resiliency groups talk about optimism because thinking positively helps us to bounce back from tough things in life!!
How can we increase our optimism?
-Notice and appreciate good things in your life/day (watch for more info about gratitude tomorrow! :) )
-Pay attention to your thoughts. When you find yourself thinking something negative, say DELETE and turn the negative thought into something positive.
-List positives about yourself. What are qualities about yourself that you love most?
-Praise yourself for positive effort!
Parents, here are a couple articles about helping kids to be more optimistic: