& 5 ways to be more optimistic
It’s the time of year for pumpkin spice, get-togethers, and reflecting on what we’re thankful for in our lives. But being grateful doesn’t have to be limited to a specific date. Going beyond the season to express gratitude every day not only benefits your physical health but makes you a happier person.
Because gratitude helps you celebrate what’s good in your life in the present moment, it helps create the habit of positive thinking. And positive thinking benefits you in many ways. Here are five ways choosing optimism – even if you consider yourself a pessimist – improves both your overall physical and mental health:
Positive thinking is less about approaching life with ‘rose-colored glasses’ and more about employing healthier coping strategies. Thankfully, there are simple ways to help you think with gratitude and positivity.
And if it doesn’t come naturally to you? That’s okay. It’s a habit that can be learned. Although it may seem difficult to embrace positive thinking and gratitude if you’re experiencing something difficult, even small steps can help shift your perspective to cope better with any situation. Here are five ways to put positive thinking into practice:
Even trying one or two of these strategies can help you reframe your thoughts and shift from an overall negative mindset to a more optimistic one. Thinking about and expressing what you are genuinely grateful for year-round is key, since you can’t feel gratitude and negativity simultaneously.
Because this time of year can also bring extra stress and seasonal illnesses like allergies, cold, and flu, it can contribute to negative thinking. If you are feeling sick, get the care you need to feel better faster. MDLIVE can help with over 80 common conditions. See what MDLIVE cares for here.
And if you are feeling symptoms of anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, or stress, MDLIVE licensed therapists provide talk therapy and coping strategies while our board-certified psychiatrists can help manage mental health issues with medication. See how a therapy visits works here.