Is your glass half empty, or half full?
Although psychologists are divided on how much your answer to this question is down to inherited traits, and how much depends on environmental factors, it’s safe to assume that we do all have a reasonable degree of freedom to choose the degree of optimism with which we approach our day-to-day living.
To some extent, people get stuck in their ways when it comes to taking either a positive or negative view of things, but this is an at least somewhat simple habit, and like all habits, the more you practice them, the ‘better’ you get: even if the skill you’re developing is a harmful one.
I think bad habits become unconscious actions: we’re generally not aware we’re exhibiting them.
Perhaps it doesn’t really matter, though?
Maybe it’s not that important whether others see us as grumpy or chirpy?
Actually, there are good reasons to aim for Van Morrison’s bright side of the road.
For a start, those with an optimistic approach to life are less likely to suffer from depression, and less vulnerable to some other physical health conditions too.
Of course, if you may be inclined to take a gloomy view of things at times (I’ve been there) you’re unlikely to change overnight, but you can at least set out to be aware of your attitude as the day progresses.
If you find yourself moaning and groaning rather too much, see whether you can turn down the volume a bit.
It doesn’t mean you’ve suddenly got to become all sweetness and light, but it’ll help a lot if you’re not constantly telling yourself that all is overwhelmingly gloomy.
I reckon you’ll have at least one opportunity to think more optimistically today.
In fact I’m positive.