Week #5: 52 Weeks to a Healthier and Happier You – Develop an Optimistic Outlook.
“ A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. – Winston Churchill
Welcome!! I am spending the next year working my way through 52 Small Changes:One year to a Happier, Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal. I am 5 weeks into my journey to become healthier and happier, I am seeing results. I am glad you have joined me and I hope you are seeing positive changes as well.
This Week’s Change: Develop an Optimistic Outlook
Blumenthal reminds us that “Being Optimistic and practicing positive thinking doesn’t mean you have to be unrealistic or ignore life’s challenges. Instead, it means shifting your mindset to be more positive and productive.” Countless studies have shown that those who see the glass as half-full are more likely to stay healthy and enjoy an longer life. People with the half-full mentality come off as happy, confident and comfortable with themselves.
My Current Habit: Today, I tend to be a very half –full sort of person, this has not always been the case. I try to find the best in each person and situation. People have often commented about my life saying how “they couldn’t do it”, meaning my life. I am always surprised by that, while my life is very busy….I love my life and feel very blessed Sometimes I find myself being less optimistic than I would like and negative thoughts will creep in. When I find this happening, I find that humor really helps. My hubby and I laugh at ourselves frequently, which helps us to decrease stress by finding humor in difficult situations. My recent surgery being one of those situations, we have had a lot of laughs on my account. I also try to minimize my time with negative people and surround myself with those who are make me feel good. And lastly, when I am feeling sorry for myself or a little down, I take some time and remind myself of the good things in my life. Practice a grateful heart! I am very blessed and grateful everyday for my life.
Around Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on gratitude. If you are interested in starting a Gratitude Journal, check out, The Gratitude Journal App. Commit to reflecting on what you are grateful for can make such a huge change in our life and attitude. Give it a try!
Changes I would like to make: I would like to work on letting things go. There will always be things and people in my life that I can’t change and that is OK. Blumenthal suggests “ whenever you feel yourself obsessing about something, ask yourself if it’s really worth spending so much negative energy on”. I think I will be more mindful of this advice. The more you surround yourself with positive people, the more positive energy you will have in your life and the happier you will be.
Last Week’s Change: Keep A Food Journal
How did you do last week?? Since I was feeling better, I was able to cook more fresh meals. I easily met my goal of eating 1/2 plate of veggies at lunch and supper most days. Making a point of being more mindful of what I was eating really helped. I planned most of my snacks each day. We won’t talk about Halloween and what happened when I was left home alone with a HUGE bowl of candy. The candy it out of the house and will no longer call my name! After Halloween, I was once again mindful of my sugar intake.
What worked for you? Were you able to keep a food journal last week?
Stop by next Wednesday for the next change and to share your progress. Now, go have some happy thoughts!!
1. Hydrate with water.
2. Get 7 – 8 Hours of Sleep
3. Get Routine Activity Every Day
4. Keep a Food Journal
5. Develop an Optimistic Outlook