How To Become An Optimist: 15 Tips To Help You Think Positive

You’ve probably wondered how to develop a positive outlook in such a stressful lifestyle or how to become an optimist.

How To Become An Optimist: 15 Tips To Help You Think Positive

Life is easier and generally more enjoyable if you’re an optimist. In reality, optimism is incredibly good for you. It increases job performance, creativity, ability to weather stress, health, and self esteem. 

Negative events don’t hold us down as long.  Positive events confirm our belief in the good life. It may not be able to change the events of the world, but it does help each of us navigate our world with a lighter step and more belief that our actions can make a difference. Being optimistic can be amazingly self-fulfilling.


Optimism means changing our behaviors and attitude and challenging the tragedies of our lives. These useful tips may boost your positive thinking and change your outlook.

1. Focus on success

Get yourself into a habit of focusing on success. Without failures, there is no success. Therefore, prepare yourself for failures and keep on working towards your goals until and unless you succeed.

While you work on your dreams, forget each and everything, make your own process, and follow it until you achieve them all. Keeping your focus on success is the most essential steps to become an optimistic.

2. Limit your exposure to bad news

We are surrounded by negative news, 24/7. Turn on the TV, computer or smartphone and there is a deluge of tragedy, extreme weather, death, destruction, crime and injustice.

If you watch or absorb too much, it will drown your positive thoughts. Pessimism will start taking a hold.

3. Surround yourself with winners

Surround yourself with people who will lift you up. They will help you to think big and achieve big things in life. You cannot succeed by staying with small minds.

You need to hang around with winners and eventually you will become one.

How To Become An Optimist: 15 Tips To Help You Think Positive

4. Search positivity in negative situations

Try to look for the positivity in every negative situation. Things go wrong sometimes. This is a fluke and not likely to be a regular occurrence. It is a one-off!

Optimism does not mean ignoring the problem entirely; it means understanding that setbacks are inevitable, often temporary, and that you have the skills and abilities to combat the challenges you face. What you are dealing with may be difficult, but it is important to remain hopeful and positive about a brighter future.  Optimism will inspire a sense of hopefulness and the confidence that is required to take full advantage of the opportunities that do exist. 

The key is to focus more on the positive and don’t let negative events kill your self-confidence. Remember, the most beautiful rainbows come from the sunlight after a very dark storm. 

5. Don’t underestimate yourself

Do not underestimate yourself… means never let your self-confidence get down. Self-confidence is something that is not gifted and eventually comes with time and patience. Therefore, believe in yourself and never let feel that you are not capable of doing anything. 

“I can do this” should be your mantra to live a life like an optimist.

6. Never listen to small minds.

Optimistic people never listen to small minds. People will try to convince you that you are thinking too big or it’s impossible to achieve this goal.

Never even believe those people who try to pull you down.

Listen to those people who have achieved the success you want in life.

7. Focus on solutions

You meet pessimists every day at work. They are the ones who complain and start telling you about all the obstacles, problems and difficulties. If you are an optimist, you will be able to use upbeat language and start to find a solution. Once your brain is wired into thinking about solutions, answers and success, you will be much more optimistic.

Before you get up every morning, think about why today is going to be a great day. Say to yourself: ‘Today is the day I am going to achieve X, Y and Z’. It is a great way to start the day and you will never look back.

 “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

8. Try smiling

“Smile, it’s free therapy” – Douglas Horton

Try scowling at people and you get nowhere! Try smiling and see what happens. You will most probably get a smile in return.

Studies have shown that putting a cheerful smile on your face can trigger a part of your brain that actually makes you feel happier and more optimistic about the present and future.

Smiling brings loads of benefits. It can help you live longer, cut stress and even boost your competence. Your popularity will rocket. It will also help you to remain cheerful. Zero cost!

9. Believe

How To Become An Optimist: 15 Tips To Help You Think Positive

Optimistic people are believer. They believe that anything is possible. It makes them pumped up with positive energy.

They stretch their limits and it makes them believe that there are no limitations in life. It helps them to reach their full potential and expand it even more.

Start believing and you will be optimistic person in life.

10. Be realistic, expect ups and downs

A foundation of realism keeps things in perspective, and helps prevent things from being blown out of proportion. Just because you’re an optimist doesn’t mean you’re not going to have bad days. You will – that’s reality. Life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies.

Trying to be 100% positive all the time is wanting to be an ocean in which waves only rise up and never come crashing down. However, when we recognize that the rising and crashing waves are part of the same one ocean, we are able to let go and be at peace with the way things are.

11. Don’t give up in difficult times

Optimistic people never get scared in difficult times. No matter how hard the situation is presented, they will keep their eyes on the goals.

Most people quit in difficult times and this is what separates optimistic people from average people (pessimists).

When things gets hard, optimistic people raise their game and play harder.

12. Don’t let past failures stalk you

In many ways, you can be a prisoner of your past as you keep on carrying past failures with you, like heavy luggage. Convince yourself that these failures are a closed book and that you need to throw out this unwanted trash. Not that the lessons learned from failures should be forgotten!

Look at Oprah Winfrey. She was told she was not suitable for television. Thomas Edison had to cope with 6,000 failures before succeeding in making the first electric light bulb.

13. Inspire yourself

How To Become An Optimist: 15 Tips To Help You Think Positive

If you expect the worst, the worst will happen. If you let things bother you, they will. But if you smile, you’ll feel better.

Also, feed your optimism with positive reminders.  Write down short statements that inspire optimism. Put them in places where you’ll see them every day, such as on your bathroom mirror, the inside of your locker, and on your computer monitor.

  • “Anything is possible.”
  • “Lead a life of positivity.”
  • “The only thing I can control is my attitude towards life.”
  • “I always have a choice.”
  • “Even the longest journey begins with a single step.”
  • “I will look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism shine.”

14. Think as big as possible

Optimistic people think big. When I say big, it means as big as possible. They set high achievable goals. It’s impossible for them to think small.

They set high expectations from life. You will never find an optimistic person talking about small ideas or goals.

15. Put Optimism into Practice

Change is never easy, but taking a little bit of time each day to recalibrate your mindset can have a serious long-term positive impact. The smallest adjustments to your thinking and routines can make you more a more optimistic person over time — whether it comes naturally to you or not.

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