Are you a glass-half-empty kind of person?

Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of person?

Do you tend to see the positive, even when stressed or in challenging situations?

Or do you tend to instantly focus on the negative aspect of the situation and assume the worst?

If you see the world through a positive lens, you are a glass-half-full kind of person, an optimist.

If you immediately focus on the negative, then you are a glass half empty kind of person., aka a pessimist.

If you are a half-empty kind of person, then you need to improve your mindset.

Looking through a negative lens can be detrimental to your health, quality of life, and even your longevity.

While I perceive myself as an optimist, I haven't always been that way.

There was a time when I disliked who I was and the life I was living. This period in my life was extremely difficult for me, and I was sad, lonely, and depressed. I knew I had to make some changes in my life but knew it would be a difficult journey.

The first change I made was to change my mindset. Rather than seeing the negative in everything in my life, I decided to search for positive things. Negative thoughts can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you are continually looking for the negative, you will find the evidence to support your view. What you expect you receive. So, I began looking at the bright side of things.

I began changing my mindset.

Seeking out the positive things in a situation creates a positive mental attitude and can improve your health, relationships, and even your longevity.

So, what did I do?

I got real with myself. I realized that shit happens, life happens. Don't dwell on the situation.

I began to see things a new lens. Rarely are things merely black and white, the truth is somewhere in between.

I kept things in perspective. I chose not to blow things out of proportion.

I stopped feeling sorry for myself. Continually being negative only made things seem worse. Choose to make things better rather than feeling like your glass is always half-empty.

I decided to embrace, accept, and love myself unconditionally—all of me, every flaw, and every imperfection. I began telling myself how great I was, how strong I was, and how capable I was and kept telling myself repeatedly until I finally believed it.

I was right, the journey wasn't comfortable, but it was freeing.

So, are you a glass-half-empty kind of person?

If you are, take it from me; seeing your glass as half-full is a beautiful thing.

Sandra

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