Why work at being optimistic?

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@1hopefulman (41112)
Canada
May 12, 2019 10:02am CST
Why should we work at being optimistic? Are there benefits to optimism? Proverbs 17:22 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition) "A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22 (Contemporary English Version) "If you are cheerful, you feel good; if you are sad, you hurt all over." I seems that those that are optimistic and maintain a positive outlook have better health and are more successful in life. What helps you maintain your optimism? Here are 3 good suggestions: 1) Think that you can rather than that you can't. 2) At the end of the day reflect on the good things that happened. 3) Try to have a couple of friends that maintain a positive attitude in life.
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@snowy22315 (67080)
• United States
12 May
Another good suggestion, is no matter what you are going through know, that this too shall pass.
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@Mulidi (1531)
• Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands (U.S.)
12 May
Indeed I agree with you no permanent problem it's just a temporal
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
13 May
So true! Some of us believe that one day all negative things will disappear. They will vanish like an ice cube in a sauna.
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@DianneN (118305)
• United States
12 May
I’m very optimistic. It runs in my blood. lol
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
13 May
Nice! So, all your clouds have silver linings!
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@DianneN (118305)
• United States
13 May
@1hopefulman I simply think that way and it works!
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
14 May
@DianneN Yes, the way we think has a lot to do with how happy we are!
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@Corbin5 (142530)
• United States
12 May
I just swap negative thoughts with positive thoughts. With practice, the swapping becomes a habit.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
13 May
Yes, that is the way it is done! Negative thoughts may come but we don't have to make a nest for them.
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@ptrikha_2 (14154)
• India
17 May
@Corbin5 that is also a good way forward.
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@amadeo (93127)
• United States
12 May
No problem here I am all of that there.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
15 May
I'm happy for you! I really like taht Bible verse!
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@dgobucks226 (17204)
14 May
That is excellent advice on maintaining a positive life. I especially like the last one. People who are always negative and complaining can really bring you down. Your attitude is something you can control. You may not always be able to control what happens to you, but you can control your reaction to it...
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
15 May
When it's raining, we can't stop the rain but we can choose the size of the umbrella.
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@dgobucks226 (17204)
15 May
@1hopefulman Yep, that about covers it, lol.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
16 May
@dgobucks226 That was a great reply!
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@much2say (44403)
• United States
12 May
As someone explained it to me . . . if negativeness (stress, sadness, etc) can literally make someone physically sick, then couldn't positiveness do just the opposite? I do think there's something to that. For human spirit to be uplifted can be powerful . . . the difference in being able to move forward or not.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
14 May
Very good reasoning! If we don't like the darkness then why not turn on a light.
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@much2say (44403)
• United States
14 May
@1hopefulman Yah, I like the way you phrased that - exactly! I know/agree with this, but need to live it.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
15 May
@much2say It's always hard to do the right things but we must keep trying.
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@ShifaLk (10640)
• India
13 May
Great points. Yes that's true... A positive approach towards life keeps us healthy indeed. I always keep in mind that GOD is there, and HE can restore anything I've lost and this way I feel very positive and good. So I try spending most of my time with HIM, that's an Investment
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
15 May
Yes, that is a wise investment which will bring happy returns. He can undo and reverse any sad thing that we may experience .
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@ShifaLk (10640)
• India
15 May
@1hopefulman yes so very true
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
15 May
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@CarolDM (25623)
• United States
13 May
A powerful menage for all. I surround myself with positive people and avoid all drama!
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
13 May
Thank you! Yes, positive people help us to look at life optimistic. We don't close our eyes at all negative things that happen but we focus on the positive.
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@CarolDM (25623)
• United States
13 May
@1hopefulman Yes I know all about negativity, but I recognize it and try to move the other way.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
14 May
@CarolDM Yes, that's the way to handle negativity! As someone once said that instead of cursing the darkness, we can light a candle.
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@innertalks (5327)
• Australia
13 May
Even a sheeps cup can be running over with positiveness!
Overall, I would agree with your ideas about having a positive outlook on life. I would say that trusting that the outcome of our faith will be good is a sign of our being positive or loving of God. When we do not trust God, we are not loving him, and that also means that we are being negative towards him then too. It works much the same with ourselves. Having faith in our self, is a type of self-confidence in our self, and this can only help us to lead a more positive life too. Even a sheep's cup can be running over with positiveness! Photo Credit: The photo used here was freely sourced from the free media site: pexels.com
@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
13 May
So true! That sheep is happy and smiling. It must be having a good day.
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• Australia
13 May
@1hopefulman Yes, I am sure it is too.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
14 May
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@Aansh13 (1689)
12 May
This is such a motivation! Thanks for sharing 3 good suggestions. Would implement these for sure
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
15 May
Glad you like them! It is no easy to maintain an optimistic frame of mind but we feel so much better when we do and accomplish so much more.
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@cacay1 (36957)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
22h
@Aansh13, that's correct, this post is so inspiring and motivating.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
14h
@cacay1 Thanks for your kind words!
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@josie_ (8635)
• Philippines
13 May
One way to maintain optimism is a daily morning ritual of expressing gratitude for the good thing we have in life which #2 covers.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
15 May
True! Even on a bad day there are a few good things that happen and we can spend some time thinking of that.
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• United Kingdom
12 May
You all have friends? maybe #3 was where I was going wrong all my life!
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
15 May
MyLot is a great place to make some good friends.
@YrNemo (16558)
18 May
Being optimistic is always good, it give us hope in a sense.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
18 May
So true! It keeps us moving forward when the odds seem to be against us.
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@YrNemo (16558)
19 May
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@cacay1 (36957)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
22h
@YrNemo, so true, we have to be all the time positive to be happy and healthy.
@buenavida (8846)
• Sweden
13 May
We can do many things to stay positive.. Reflecting at our Creator and what he has done for us - I like to study the amazing things that he has done - just wrote about a couple of things in the nature - and wonderful things he has planned for us humans - I love to talk to others about the good news we find in the Bible..
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
14 May
Absolutely! Whether we are negative or positive, grumpy or cheerful, smiling or frowning, may very much depend on what we think and what we do.
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@buenavida (8846)
• Sweden
14 May
@1hopefulman That is true..
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@Mulidi (1531)
• Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands (U.S.)
12 May
Thanks for sharing wonderful words
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
14 May
Thanks for your kind words! I feel so much better when I look at the positive things of life.
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@Nakitakona (1373)
17 May
Thanks for your three good suggestions on what to do so as to have a positive outlook in life.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
17 May
Glad you liked them. Do you have another suggestion to add to the list?
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18 May
@1hopefulman Mine is more on spiritual aspect like the acronym ASK. A sk and it shall be given. S eek and ye shall find. K nock and it shall be opened.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
18 May
@Nakitakona That's an excellent one. I have nothing against spiritual solutions or ideas. If you have more then please share?
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@cacay1 (36957)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
18 May
Very nice post, you inspire me after reading this my friend.Thank you so much.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
18 May
I appreciate your kind words! Can you share something that helps you stay optimistic and positive as you navigate through this sometimes stormy life?
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@cacay1 (36957)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
19 May
@1hopefulman , It's faith in God wholeheartedly, that converts my negativity to positivity.In God there's always hope.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
21 May
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@Spontaneo (3415)
• United States
13 May
I often pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
15 May
Many people do! I always pray to God through Jesus Christ as he said that is the way to God.
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@Spontaneo (3415)
• United States
15 May
@1hopefulman See, I believe in praying to Mary and the Saints.
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
16 May
@Spontaneo I only pray to God through Jesus Christ. Thank you for sharing what you do.
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@kepweng (23990)
• United States
18 May
im optimistic too im looking for the reality of life
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
18 May
I'm so happy to hear that. All the best!
@cacay1 (36957)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
22h
@kepweng, I don't like to deal with negative minded individuals.
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@db20747 (17869)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
23 May
Hi felix!! How R U 2 day??!!
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
24 May
I am in a positive mood despite the rain we are getting. I am letting my smile and the umbrella keep me positive and dry. I hope you are home safe!
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@db20747 (17869)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
24 May
@1hopefulman I'll bet that's a lovely smile u have!!
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@1hopefulman (41112)
• Canada
24 May
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