September 15th – Practices for Pessimists

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“The pessimists sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”– Winston Churchill

     I am not a naturally-optimistic person; as a matter of fact, I lean toward pessimism more times than I should. So for me to stay positive requires a lot of effort on my part.  I have learned that being and staying positive really is a choice that we make about the everyday decisions in life. If you happen to see the glass half empty, give some thought to a few of these suggestions, and learn to appreciate what’s in your cup!

  1. Start Your Day with God. If you do not allow God to set the order of your day, someone else will do it for you. In solitude and quietness seek the Lord and ask Him to give you the right attitude for the day.
  2. Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously. I am the most negative when I am the most selfish. I have learned that most of my pessimism is rooted in jealousy, bitterness, selfishness. Give yourself a break, and lighten up.
  3. Learn a New Joke and Tell It to Someone Else. It is scientifically- proven that when we smile we produce more serotonin in the brain which is an antidepressant. A smile is only one step away from a laugh.
  4. Celebrate Thanksgiving More than Once a Year. Self-explanatory.
  5. Have a Spirit of Giving. Nothing takes the mind off of misery like giving. Giving what you have is greater than what you have! And when you exhibit a spirit of giving you’ll be amazed at how quickly your outlook changes.


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