I’ve always been told that I’m a pretty optimistic person and I do try to look for the best in things. Over the years, I’ve found some simple habits that have helped me figure out how to be more optimistic on a daily basis.
I’m sharing some of the things I currently do as part of a sponsored partnership with Frost Bank as I prepare to join them for their 30 Day Optimism Journey.
How to Be More Optimistic
Some people think that people who know how to be more optimistic were just born with it or haven’t faced very many challenges in their lives. My life has shown that this isn’t true for me. Yes, I feel like I have an optimistic attitude in general, but there have been some very dark times in my life.
I like to think that my parents helped teach me how to be more optimistic. It’s something I hope to teach my children as well. Because I believe that knowing how to be more optimistic is what has helped me through those times.
I know the first major challenge I faced in my life was when I was a teenager. My parents unexpectedly separated and it rocked my world. I was left full of anger and resentment towards my father. Combined with teenage emotions and turmoil, it was a tough time in my life.
I don’t remember exactly how I got to the point I’m at now, but I do know that I came through it and am thankful for the relationship I now I have with my dad. I have a feeling it had to do with being able to find ways to be more positive.
For a long time, my parents’ divorce was the thing I labeled as the worst days of my life. That all changed on the day my younger sister passed away. Her death was accidental and unexpected. It rocked my world and became the worst day in my life.
I remember sitting in the office of her apartment building holding my six-month-old son and waiting for my parents to come.
These are the moments that make or break us. I truly believe that. I also believe that it’s where optimistic thinking truly came into my life.
“Don’t discount serendipity.”
The words were actually spoken by my father. They have defined the past seven years since Meredith passed away. They started me on a quest to pay more attention to the world around me and to look for things that I might have chalked up to coincidence. I started looking for serendipity in my life.
The heart-shaped rocks we started finding on the ground wherever we went were one of the first things Grambo and I noticed.
Those rocks would bring a smile to our face and lift our spirits.
I also started a gratitude journal. I’m not always consistent with it, but I’ve tried to grant myself some grace and I go through long stretches of time where I journal consistently. I find that taking even a minute or two to write down one thing that I’m thankful for at the end of the day goes a long way in helping me have a more optimistic attitude.
Some days I celebrate amazing accomplishments or adventures in my gratitude journal. Other days I write a thank you for the pizza I shared with the kids.
I’ve learned that showing gratitude for even the smallest things reminds me that I have a lot to be thankful for in my life.
How to Be More Optimistic with the Frost 30 Day Optimism Challenge
I’m excited to have been invited to join the Frost Bank 30 Day Optimism Challenge as part of their Opt for Optimism movement. I would love to grow my optimistic attitude and see how it might impact my life.
According to research, the benefits of optimism can be emotional, physical, and even financial:
- Physical Well-being: Did you know that optimists are less likely to have high blood pressure? They’re more likely to live longer,
- Emotional Well-being: Optimists are also less likely to be depressed. They’re more likely to be more capable of dealing with stress
- Financial Well-being: Optimists are more likely to be goal-oriented, save more money and manage
debt better which can benefit themselves and their families in positive ways.
Knowing these things makes me want to become an expert on how to be more optimistic! I want to share it with everyone in my life!
Optimism is a force to be reckoned with. It’s the self-fulfilling spark that turns challenges into opportunities and the impossible into the inevitable. It can get a family back on its feet and send a man to the moon. But these days, optimism is under attack, and pessimism seems intent on taking over. Yet we believe a change in perspective changes everything.
The 30 Day Optimism Challenge challenges us to discover the power of optimism in our daily lives. If you join me for the challenge, you’ll receive a daily act of optimism in your inbox for 30 days straight.
I hope that these daily acts will help show me how to be more positive in life. The daily acts of optimism will be small in nature but Frost Bank hopes that they will add up to have a major impact on our lives.
I look forward to finding new ways to grow the positivity in my life.
Each daily act will be different but they all align with three approaches for inspiring optimism:
- Fostering Generosity: Everyone wins when it comes to generosity. Recipients feel empowered, less alone and less isolated. The giver experiences positive emotional benefits that beg you to do it again.
- Building Community: Even though we’re more connected than ever, many people feel more isolated than they ever have before. Personal connections that come from it are integral to optimism.
- Changing Perspectives: Taking time for self-reflection, organization and goal-setting can provide clarity. It can spark an internal fire that turns doubt into hope and intentions into action.
I’ve learned the power of self-reflection and goal-setting in my own life. Even taking a few moments to write a note in my gratitude journal helps me focus on the positive and all the good in my life. Goal-setting is also very important in my life as a business owner.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the Frost 30 Day Optimism Challenge pushes me in the area of changing perspectives. I hope to grow even more. Honestly, when it comes to the three areas of the challenge, building community is my weakest area. Being self-employed brings a level of isolation because I don’t go into an office every day.
I joke that when baseball season is over I lose my social life. It makes us all chuckle but it also points out that I’m not as well-connected to others as I could be. I hope the challenge will help me reach beyond my current circle to make even more meaningful connections in my community.
Join Me for the Frost 30 Day Optimism Challenge
Starting August 6th, I’ll be taking the challenge and doing a daily act of optimism each day for 30 days. You can sign up to participate too. If you’re reading this after 8/6, don’t worry! You can still join us! Just sign up and get started from the day you’re on! Any of the daily acts can have an impact!
Through deliberate focus and the support of others, optimism can become a decision that we all make many times, each and every day.
Let’s do this thing! We can learn how to be more optimistic through daily acts and make a huge impact on our lives and the lives of the people around us!