Do you know a person who always seems happy and positive about life and everything in general? They never seem to have a problem and seem to be able to deal with things in life with composure and grace. Do you wish you were more like them? Do you find them annoying? Or do you wish you were able to deal with your life circumstances like they do?
Even if things are going wrong, these people have a way of seeing life as being “glass half full” and find something positive to focus on. This way of viewing life is natural for some people, but for the majority of people who use this approach to life, it is a learned response. It results from making an intention to look at the positive and not to dwell on the negative and then practising doing this.
Sounds easy when it’s on paper, but in the reality of life, it’s usually not. So, how do people learn to focus on the glass-half-full and not the half-empty and remain positive? It’s not easy to be thankful when faced with difficult circumstances. However, practising gratitude can help us deal with all but the most difficult experiences we may face in our lives. It is the key to the optimism that we see in the positive person we admire so much.
I am a strong believer in balance. It’s not all roses all the time and we have to take the rough with the smooth. Experience the good and the bad, that’s what makes us who we are, but what can we learn from these super happy people?
When we complain all the time, we can quickly lose our perspective.
Half-full glass thinking seeks to clarify a situation before complaining about it. It asks whether a complaint will make the situation better or worse and if it will help to resolve the issue. In most cases, the answer to both these questions is no! On those occasions where it is justified, then we should do something about it. A clear perspective on the situation can help us to resolve an otherwise irresolvable problem. Maintaining an attitude of gratitude helps us maintain a positive perspective on most things that happen in our life. It helps to keep the glass half-full even in the most difficult of circumstances.
Things we can learn from positive people.
Take a deep breath, all is not lost.
Get a clear understanding of the situation before complaining or making a judgement.
Practice gratitude and give thanks for what you have
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