Do you know why your glass needs to be half full?
Which of the following statements do you connect most with?
- The optimist says the glass is half full.
- The pessimist says the glass is half empty.
- The realist says the glass contains half the required amount of liquid for it to overflow.
For me I connect with the first statement and am fairly optimistic about most things in life. Yes once in a while something will get to me but I’m usually able to shake it off quickly. Why is this important especially now? Let’s face facts. Times are a bit tough and many of us are struggling to keep a positive outlook on life. When you hear about everything going on in the world, how can you even consider looking at the brighter side of things? Try my trick – turn the news off and have faith it will be okay.
Back to the glass half full. There are many reasons to try to be optimistic about life but most importantly what we focus on tends to increase. So if you are focusing on everything that is wrong in your life, guess what is going to happen? You will find even MORE things wrong in your life.
Research has proven time and time again that seeing the glass half full makes you happier AND healthier. When you expect good things to happen, you take steps that will produce positive results. But when you expect bad things to happen, you will tend to not do anything at all. When you don’t do anything at all, how can you blame not being successful on anyone but yourself?
Do I have you thinking yet? Good. Let’s apply this to our health. You know when you eat clean and keep your nutrition on track, you feel better. You may also have overall health benefits like lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol. However if you go into the day thinking there is no way you can stay on track with your nutrition, you will find that you are off before you even begin. You probably will not even make the effort to eat a healthy breakfast. After all why bother right?
It all goes back to when you expect good things to happen, you will DO things to make those good things happen. So how do you get up every day with a positive outlook on life? It is not as hard as you may think.
Before you even step out of your bed, take a moment to set the tone for the day. What I mean by this is have it in your head that no matter what comes your way, you are going to be able to handle it with a smile on your face. Next say no to those people who bring you down and drain your energy. You have the right to say no. Use that right.
When you come across a problem, take a moment and think how you can turn that problem into a winning situation. That problem could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for to move forward toward a goal. If you are not able to see the opportunity right away, take a moment to step away and breathe. You may need to let that problem go for a few hours or even until the next day. Then when you look at it again with fresh eyes, you may see it is not as bad as you originally thought it was.
Exercise. It is absolutely amazing how much better you will feel when you take a few moments to move your body. Pick something you enjoy, mark 30 minutes off your calendar and get it done knowing you will come back ready to hit the ground running.
Finally, let it go and laugh. Laughter is one of the best medicines for what ails us. So what are you waiting for? We all know it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Smile, laugh and enjoy every moment of your life.
To your health,