It’s easy to become negative and bitter in this world we live in.
And yet, somehow there are people who manage to see the glass half full.
The surprising thing is that any one of us can learn to see things with a positive lens—and it can start with our day to day habits!
Whether you’re a true blue pessimist or a realist looking to enhance your perspective, here are some “half full” habits that can help you become a little more positive in life.
1) They are motivated by higher calling
Those who always see the glass full are driven by something that never wavers, no matter how hard things get.
People who are just in it for pleasure are prone to get down and grumpy when they hit roadblocks. But the Half Full person is able to forge ahead because their focus is remaining aligned in their values and principles.
For instance, a person with a commitment to learning will not be deterred by failure nor making mistakes in the process. Not even harsh criticism could demotivate them!
Half Empty people tend to give up easily, but the Half Full person remains energized because they actually see value in what they do.
2) They don’t believe everything they think
Let’s be real—no one is positive 100% of the time. Even the most evolved and optimistic person would have moments where they simply can’t help but feel down.
But what sets the Half Full person from the Half Empty is that they know better than to believe every thought that bounces around in their heads.
When their inner voice starts to say “Uh-oh, we’re really unlucky.”, they respond with “Hmmm…am I really? That’s not totally true!, and then just throw that negative thought into the gutter.
It’s not always easy, but they do their best to shush their negative thoughts and focus on being more positive.
3) They are masters of positive reframing
Positive reframing is when someone tries to look beyond the negative aspects of whatever they’re dealing with and see the more positive sides they might have overlooked.
For example, let’s say that you tried to propose a project but then it got rejected.
You would reframe by not dwelling over the fact that you lost, but maybe in losing you’ve kept yourself open to future opportunities—opportunities that might actually be better in the end.
And yes, most people would call this coping. And believe it or not, there’s nothing wrong with that!
If anything, Half Fulls have mastered reframing and it’s for this reason that they’re the way they are.
4) They use the power of words
The Half Full person isn’t immune to life’s hardships and challenges, but what they have learned is the capacity to navigate their own mind.
They can stay focused no matter what happens by repeating certain words or phrases ( also known as affirmations) to themselves when the going gets tough.
Whether it’s Marie Forleo’s “Everything is figureoutable,” or Oprah’s “Everything is always working out for me,” the power of intention shifts even the worst circumstances into a source of energy and power.
5) They actively practice gratitude
Creating the time and space for gratitude is one key difference between optimists and pessimists.
Even when they’re busy and not in the mood, they’ll find time to sit down and think of happy thoughts. They’ll try their best to count their blessings even when it’s hard to do so.
They do this to train their minds to see things in a more positive light.
Having a positive outlook isn’t something that comes naturally to most of us. And even the ones who are born with it, still have bad days.
That’s why it’s important for us to keep working on our “positivity” muscle, especially if we’re unlucky to be surrounded by family and friends who always complain about every single thing.
By taking the time to actually teach themselves to become more optimistic, it becomes easier for them to look at the bright side…until one day, it’s so embedded in their system that it becomes their trait.
6) They focus on finding solutions
You’ve probably met someone who has the magical ability to somehow create three new problems with every setback.
These are people who have built the habit of catastrophizing— of turning setbacks into worse situations than they really are.
Now people who see that their glass is half full, on the other hand, know better than to catastrophize. Instead they try to think “Calm down, every problem has a solution”…and then channel all their energies to finding those solutions.
And if in the end, there’s no solution to their problems, then they can always learn from the experience. In other words, they still see their circumstance as a blessing.
7) They feed themselves with positive vibes
It might seem like a no-brainer but the media we consume—from tv, music, to books— affects how we see the world.
Half Full people know this so they would block people who keep picking fights, starting drama, or milking the latest outrage on Twitter. They’d instead follow people who are calm, positive, and funny.
Or if they really can’t stop themselves from following the news and bands with sad and angry songs, they try their best to balance them with an overdose of positivity.
They know that these things could influence them bit by bit, so they’re extra mindful of the things they consume.
8) They surround themselves with optimistic people
The way we think is easily influenced by the people we surround ourselves with.
If you keep talking with doomers, then sooner or later you’ll start thinking like a doomer, too.
People who try to see the world with their glass half full are well aware of this, and for that reason they pick and choose who they surround themselves with.
They minimize the time they spend around people who are negative and argumentative for no reason, and try to maximize the time they spend around positive, uplifting ones.
They’d stay away from those who keep whining “Ugh, life is hard!”
They would, however, hang out around people who might talk about how hard life is… and yet at the same time, love to talk about the many things that are still worth living for.
9) They laugh when times get tough
Living is hard enough without us reminding ourselves about it all the time.
And yet, that’s what a lot of us do—either we grumble on and on about how miserable we are or we try to be all business about it.
But that is not exactly good for us. We all need a way to cope, and sometimes the best way to do so is to laugh.
“Laughter is carbonated holiness,” author Anne Lamott once said, and Half Fulls always get a full dose of this daily.
That’s how they remain light-hearted and positive—they try to find something funny or beautiful in every situation.
It’s not like they’re running away from their troubles or underestimating them—they always try to solve their problems. Who doesn’t?—it’s just how they roll. It’s their way to uplift their spirit.
10) They actively show love to themselves
Loving oneself is one of the most important things positive people do daily.
There’s no way anyone can truly maintain a positive outlook if they keep selling themselves short, putting themselves down, or ignoring their achievements.
It’s hard to think “people are naturally good” or “everything is going great despite this setback” if one is insecure, defensive, and always living in fear.
So they treat themselves like VIPs—they rest when it’s time to rest, they feed themselves with nourishing food, and they’d book a short holiday trip if they feel burnt out.
After all, you can’t truly see the world in rose-colored glasses if you’re not feeling 100%.
There are two kinds of people in this world—those who see the glass half full, and those who see the glass half empty.
But, take heart. Nothing is truly set in stone.
Don’t think that you’re doomed to stay a pessimist if you simply can’t see that your glass is half full.
If you truly want to, you can teach yourself to be more optimistic. You just need to put time and effort into changing the way you see the world. And you can start with slowly building these habits I’ve listed down.
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