How To Become More Optimistic and Live A Happier Life

How To Become More Optimistic and Live A Happier Life

Why would you want to learn to be more optimistic? Well, optimists do better in just about every realm. In the world of sports they perform better because they try harder, particularly after a defeat, or a stiff challenge. An optimist can outperform a more talented pessimist. In an educational setting, where a student’s potential is commonly measured by their IQ and talent, psychologists have found over and over again that the optimist will exceed their potential whereas the pessimists will drop below theirs. Optimists enjoy better health, have better immune systems, and they even live longer. Optimists are more likely to win elected office and they do better in the workplace too. So, if living a successful, healthy life is something that appeals to you, how optimistic you are is hugely important and worth looking into, right?

In this blog post I look at the work of Dr Martin Seligman, often referred to as the father of positive psychology, and in particular his research on “learned helplessness” and its antidote, learned optimism. One of the most important discoveries in modern psychology is that we can choose how we think. And, if we can choose how we think, we can choose how we feel which triggers our actions. Optimism can be learnt but it’s not some simplistic repetition of your favorite positive quotes or mantras. This isn’t merely positive thinking. It requires a deep examination of your explanatory style - how you explain the world around you, and the events that happen to you, to yourself. Learn what your current explanatory style is and how to adjust it to best serve you. When you learn to become more optimistic you set in motion a chain reaction that will ripple out into all areas of your life, not only making you happier and more successful, but also positively impacting those around you too. If you’re ready for real results and a happier life, read on!

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Why GRIT Is Essential For Success And How To Get It

Why GRIT Is Essential For Success And How To Get It

Psychologist Angela Duckworth is the world expert on “Grit” and in this post I distill some of the key messages from her book, “Grit”. Angela describes the book as her way of taking the reader out for coffee and telling them everything she knows about grit. It’s a journey to the heart of what makes a person gritty, why it’s essential to their success and how to cultivate it. She describes “Grit Paragons” who are some of the world’s highest achievers in their chosen fields and I break down and explain what sets these high achievers apart. Gritty people achieve more, earn more, and self-rate as more satisfied in their lives. Surely that’s worth learning about!

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7 Simple Ways To Boost Your Self Confidence, Fast!

7 Simple Ways To Boost Your Self Confidence, Fast!

Is confidence just something you’re either born with or not? Is it possible to grow in confidence and if so, how? Life just seems to be easier for people who are more confident; they speak up more, take more chances and reap the rewards. But confidence isn’t a fixed resource doled out only to the lucky few. It’s possible to become more confident even if you feel you’re naturally timid or an introvert. Let’s take a look at some of the practices and science behind building your confidence. By incorporating a number of simple practices into your life you’ll begin to exercise and build your confidence muscle and start reaping the rewards. Say goodbye to hiding out in your comfort zone and let’s explore new territory with confidence as your newest, sparkly accessory!

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How To Make A Good Habit Stick

How To Make A Good Habit Stick

Trying to adopt a new habit can be difficult. We start off well with lots of resolve and with the best of intentions. All too often though, little by little, we begin to lose our enthusiasm and drift back into our old habits. If you’re tired of white knuckling it and relying solely on willpower to make those positive changes in your life then I’ve got good news for you. There is a way to adopt a new habit to maximize your chances of success and make those positive changes in your life without all the drama.

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How To Crush Your Goals With Ease Every Time

How To Crush Your Goals With Ease Every Time

No matter what time of year, it’s always a good time to consider crafting SMART goals! Are you tired of drifting and being disappointed with the same lacklustre results time and time again. Have you bought the shiny life planner, done the vision board, set the goals and still not got the results you want? You’re not alone. Many of us miss out on the foundational steps on which really SMART goals are based. If you’re ready to ditch the drift, take your goal setting to a new level, and finally learn how to crush your goals with ease every time - read on! In this post I’ll show you how to get clear on what you really want, to set goals with huge “pull power”, and to get you on track to live your best life!

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Insecurity, Self-loathing, and other useless trinkets to ditch this Holiday Season.

Insecurity, Self-loathing, and other useless trinkets to ditch this Holiday Season.

It’s a week until Thanksgiving and as thoughts turn to all things Holiday Season why not pause for a moment before you hit the stores. Father Christmas is wise enough to check his list twice and so are you. Read my top tips for making sure you set yourself up to get what your heart truly desires this Holiday Season.

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