The old saying raises the question: Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? Much of how we respond to this question depends on our perspective. I don't believe there is any particular way to guarantee that you'll often see the glass as half full; it's my belief that you simply decide to do so. However, I do believe that being mindful of the positive influences around you, learning to seek the things that bring you joy, and practicing presence in the moment can increase the likelihood of having a more positive outlook.
It's true that we can only control ourselves, but it's a well-known fact that the influence of those around us impacts us. Being around positive, uplifting people can support a more optimistic viewpoint, just as the influence of negative, combative, and argumentative relationships can foster a more pessimistic and cynical perspective. Recognizing how others impact you can be the first step in evaluating the adjustments that may need to be made.
When you feel good, this naturally positions you for a more positive outlook on life. Incorporating moments in your day where you can smile, laugh, and do things that bring you joy supports this outcome. It's important to understand that life can bring its share of challenges, but if you make a habit of setting aside time for happiness, it can balance out those times. Simple activities like going for a walk, getting some sun, listening to your favorite music, or enjoying a good book can help you achieve this goal.
Life often tries to force us to reflect on the past or rush into the future. However, being present in life and in moments can create the best opportunity for an optimistic perspective. It allows you to accept what is and recognize the importance of taking each moment as it comes. To do this, you have to accept that staying in the now can bring peace and, as a result, a more positive outlook.
Choosing to be optimistic is a choice, but one that is generally nurtured with the right ingredients. Assessing the influence of the people in your life, being intentional about the things that bring you joy, and mastering the art of being present are key components. While we can't control everything, we can control our perspective. Make it a point to see the glass as full today, no matter what!