Build these 8 habits of optimistic people for more happiness!

Build these 8 habits of optimistic people for more happiness!

via Bustle by Caitlin Morrison

I wish I were more of a glass-half-full person. I really do. I don’t consider myself a pessimist, per se, but I’m more of a “realist” by nature. I can’t help but envy my most optimistic friends, though. You know who they are — they’re the ones who get stuff done, no matter what, all while exuding grace and confidence. It’s an admirable and totally magnetic quality.

There are many reasons to try to look on the bright side of things besides the most obvious: a general feeling of happiness and contentment. Optimism boosts your overall mental and physical well-being, too. Research shows that optimistic people are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or have a stroke, and they also benefit from increased life expectancy. In short, optimism benefits you from the inside out, and it’s a way of life worth imitating.

Admittedly, it’s not easy to flip a switch if you’re more inclined to negative thinking. So let’s put our powers of observation to good use and figure out what exactly our friends up there on Cloud Nine do to stay there.

BIC Soleil conducted a survey of 1,000 women between the ages of 18 and 34 on what makes a good day versus a bad day, to encourage women everywhere to be more comfortable and optimistic in their own skin. We took a look at the results and found that the habits of optimistic people strongly align with the actions that make all of us happier — and it’s not all about visualizing unicorns and rainbows (although there’s nothing wrong with that). Here’s a roundup of some of BIC Soleil’s “Real Life Optimism” survey findings about the most positive-thinking people among us.

They Value Time With Friends & Family

Spending time with other people just feels so much better than swiping your smartphone screen or credit cards. After a particularly trying day, I always find that the calming effects of a phone call with a supportive friend far outlast any brief happiness I feel after buying a new shirt I don’t need.

Having strong friendships also increases your sense of belonging and purpose and gives you a sense of hope for the future. BIC Soleil’s survey showed that for a boost of happiness, millennial women far prefer to spend time with friends and family (35 percent) over shopping (18 percent) or browsing social media (13 percent). The true optimist actually puts this into practice, making quality time with loved ones a priority in her life.

They Take Time For Self-Care

I’m not just talking about being optimistic that the pricey face mask you bought is going to completely transform your complexion (and life) for the better. A good mood can sometimes come from the outside in so, in general, taking time for a self-care ritual in the morning is important. Nearly a third of women surveyed by BIC Soleil said that a close shave makes them feel more optimistic about the day ahead of them. If you think about it, rolling out of bed late without taking quality time for yourself pretty much epitomizes pessimism and says, “Ugh, let’s just get this over with.”

Though most of the other items on this list have to do with your relationships with others, it cannot be stated enough that putting yourself first is essential to an optimistic foundation…

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