10 Habits of Optimists

  1. Have an attitude of gratitude – or as the Bible puts it “give thanks… in everything”.
  2. Share your stories – testimonies of good things and cautionary tales of bad things, the key is to communicate with others.
  3. Forgive – it’s good for you. Unforgiveness hurts you, not the person you’re mad at.
  4. Be a better listener – we have 2 ears and 1 mouth; ‘nough said.
  5. Turn envy and jealousy into energy – don’t stew when others succeed; think, if they can so can I, and go for it!
  6. Smile more, frown less – you’ll have happier wrinkles!
  7. Exercise, eat a healthy diet and take Vitamin D.
  8. Be a positive forward thinker – it’s a matter of attitude and focus; it gets easier with practice so make a fresh start every day.
  9. Stop blaming others – accountability and taking personal responsibility are marks of good character.
  10. Understand that the past is not a blueprint for the future – Eleanor Roosevelt said “whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right”. Learn from past mistakes and move on.

The 10 habits were on a slideshow on The Huffington Post, October 24, 2013 online edition. I have tried to share via Twitter, but either it can’t be done or I don’t know how to do it.

The additional comments are mine 🙂

I am sharing this with others who may find it a challenge at times to see the glass as half full. Be blessed!

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About verawrites

Progress not perfection - that's my goal. Live and learn - that's my motto. I like to share bits of wisdom and glimmers of insight gleaned on my life journey of 50+ years. My hope is to encourage, perhaps inspire, fellow journeyers. Each of us has something to share. Let's be generous, gracious and compassionate with one another. I am blessed to be a blessing... so are you!
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6 Responses to 10 Habits of Optimists

  1. All so true.
    The vitamin D is well worth looking out for. I discovered a few months ago that I was seriously deficient in it and now take massive dose prescribed supplements. Apparently, certain hemispheres, a more indoor life and use of sunscreen have increased the incidence of this deficiency but it is often overlooked and rarely tested for. I asked specifically to be tested after internet research led me to believe that deficiency may have been the cause of extreme fatigue and overall pain, loss of concentration and a host of other symptoms. The tablets work so well.

    Very positive post. Bless you for sharing.x

  2. bethbyrnes says:

    Love every one of these things. Thanks for the reminder!

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