How to Become an Optimist
How does an optimist react if the present moment is not that great?
Hi, I'm Christine Hassler. I'm a life coach, author and speaker, here today with About.com to share with you how to become an optimist.The first tip is to fall in love with the present moment. Optimists are really good at knowing that all we have is right now in the present moment. They don't project negatively into the future, and they don't belabor the past. They’re right here, right now, and in the present moment you'll discover a lot of positivity.Which brings me to my next point, in answering "well what if the present moment is not that great?" Well, an optimist will look at the present moment and ask the question, "what am I learning?" versus "why is this happening?" An optimist is a student of life, rather than a victim of life. If you always are looking for the learning, even if you're not enjoying what's happening so much, you'll really start to feel a lot more optimistic about the present and the future.Next, an optimist doesn't look for worst-case scenario. An optimist is more interested in the best-case scenario. Either way, you're making it up. So why not make what you think is going to happen, really really good, rather than only looking at the bad things that can happen?The next tip is to exercise your power of choice. Now, we don't always have control over what happens in our lives. But we always, always, always have a choice in how we respond to it. An optimist knows that choice point. An optimist recognizes that there's what happens, and then there's how I choose to respond to it. And I can always respond to it in a more positive way.And finally, if you really want to become an optimist, and need some practice, surround yourself with optimistic, positive people. It's really hard to keep a positive perspective when you're around a lot of people that only like to talk about what's wrong. So surround yourself with people who like to talk about what's right. As you're practicing these tips and becoming more of an optimist, remember to also engage in positive self-talk. What you're telling yourself is more important than what anyone else is telling you.Thank you for watching. To learn more, go online to About.com.