Get your rose-colored glasses ready! We know that optimism has been linked to better mental and physical health, and even to a longer life.
How, then, to quiet optimism’s opposite: the naysayers in your mind that tend to dwell on the negative aspects of a given situation, day, or life in general? Mindfulness, and prayer in which you practice simply noticing thoughts and feelings and handing them to God can help to reduce negative thinking and worry.
You can also try giving events a positive spin before they even happen. Simply imagining that an upcoming event will go well can lead you to remember it in a positive light, after the fact. Trying to tweak your perception may smack of denial, but it doesn’t have to.
Focusing on the positive can help you stay enthusiastic and engaged and find solutions to problems.
Suppose you have an upcoming work presentation that you’re nervous about. Visualize it going well, and imagine how good you’ll feel afterward. Do the same with an upcoming trip, a challenging workout, a holiday with extended family, or just an ordinary weekend.
Besides that, putting your anxiety and worries in God’s hands reduces panic and that overwhelmed feeling.
See whether prayer plus thinking positively seems to affect your experience, your memories of the experience, or your attitude in general. Then keep the optimism ball rolling –> sail on. God is with you, always.