THOUGHTS FROM DR. SCHWARTZ
OPTIMISM: Looking on the Bright Side
March is National Optimism Month
1. a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
2. the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world.
3. the belief that goodness pervades reality.
4. the doctrine that the existing world is the best of all possible worlds.
Optimism: A Learned Skill for Success
(Adapted from, The MindUp Curriculum, Grades Pre-K-2. (2011). Scholastic, Inc.)
Optimism Leads to Better Physical Health
Book of the Month
Some examples included:
It's tough to be home sick, but your mom might make you chicken soup.
It's disappointing when it rains, but you can play fun games indoors.
Tips for having a more optimistic mindset:
Act as if. Think positively about your life and tell yourself encouraging messages such as "I can do this," or "I will get through this."
Think positive thoughts about others. Try to find at least one positive quality in someone that you don't get along with very well.
Stop comparing yourself to others in a competitive way. Each person has their own unique and special talents.
Try to find the good in every situation, even at difficult moments.
When facing a challenge, focus on achieving a successful outcome, rather than expecting failure.
Reframe your frustrations. Instead of just complaining about something that went wrong, think about what you can learn from the situation.
Make social connections. Social ties help us be less lonely and give more meaning to life. Also, when feeling defeated by a problem, a friend may be able to give you a different, more optimistic, point of view.
Be more mindful of and savor positive moments. Train your brain to observe more good things, whether it be a pretty flower or your smiling child
Strive to improve your physical health through exercise, a healthy diet, and good sleeping habits and hygiene. The better you feel, the brighter your outlook will be.