What Does Optimistic Mean?
- Optimistic – being an optimist, means that you hope and expect favorable outcomes, and that you look with a smile on the future.
- It means being positive, cheerful and confident about the future.
- It means a person who believes that no matter what the situation is, things would improve.
- Being an optimist does not mean that need to be out of touch with reality, ignoring difficulties and obstacles, and behaving in a naive way. You can be optimistic, and at the same time show good common sense and judgment.
Merriam Webster defines it as, “Feeling or showing hope for the future.”
Cambridge dicitionary defines it as, “hoping or believing that good things will happen in the future.”
Dictionary.com says about it: “Disposed to take a favorable view of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.”
It is important to be a balanced optimist, using common sense, not just telling yourself that nothing bad can ever happen and closing your eyes to reality. Doing so, can lead to being impractical, making poor decisions, and letting people ridicule you or take advantage of you.
A balanced optimist looks at reality, acknowledge the difficulties and obstacles, but is not discouraged by them. A balanced optimist can see the good and the bad, but at the same time, expects success, and puts forth effort to make things turn out well.
This state of mind is most important for success, for improving your life, for good relationships, and getting over difficulties and obstacles.
To learn about yourself, ask yourself the following questions and answer them:
- Are you optimistic or pessimistic?
- Do you expect the best or the worst to happen?
- Are you usually positive, hopeful, and confident, or negative?
- Do you expect problems or good endings?
Being optimistic doesn’t mean waiting for things to happen by themselves. It means expecting the best, believing that the best will happen, but at the same time making decisions, following them, acting and making things happen.
Why be an optimist? Because optimism keeps you motivated and energetic, pursuing what you want with ambition, confidence and happiness. It helps you focus on your vision, and makes everyday a happy day.
Tips on How to Be Optimistic
Here are a few tips on how to be optimistic and how to become more positive, which I hope you will find helpful and useful.
- Don’t get angry with yourself if you find yourself feeling pessimistic. Acknowledge that it is only natural to feel pessimistic at times, when life is boring or when you encounter difficulties or hardships.
- Acknowledge that changing your mental attitude takes time, so be patient.
- Keep a list of motivational and inspiring quotes handy, and read them several times a day.
- At least once a day, listen to music, your favorite songs, or some inspiring or relaxing music.
- Exercise your body often and regularly.
- At least once a day do something that makes you happy and satisfied. This can be anything, like eating something you love, watching a favorite T.V. program, reading, or talking to a friend.
- Try to smile more often.
- Take more care of your appearance and how you dress. What you wear, and how you look affects how you feel. This can make you feel more confident and positive.
- Strive to see the good, positive and funny in every situation.
- Expect good things to happen in your life. When negative thoughts access your mind replace them with thoughts of hope, cheerfulness and confidence.
- Have enough sleep at night. When don’t sleep enough or don’t sleep well you can get moody, unhappy and impatient. Good sleep will make you more energetic, alive, optimistic and feeling good.
- If you can, avoid the company of negative people. You don’t want their negative emotions and negative thoughts to affect how you think or feel.
- Always, seek the company of positive, happy and cheerful people.
- Learn to accept the past, leave it behind and continue to better things. Wallowing in the past creates unhappiness and lack of optimism. You need to learn to let go.
- Find a few minutes each day, to visualize yourself happy, satisfied and feeling good.
- Repeat inspiring, motivating, and constructive affirmations.
“An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.”
– Winston Churchill
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
– Lucille Ball
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