If you’ve lived a lifetime being a Negative Nancy, it can be hard to turn it around.
You can reduce the risk of being negative and set yourself up for a more successful and optimistic life by changing poor, negative habits.
So, what is the best way to make change and stop the negativity?
Watch what you say.
Your mouth is the gateway for all your conversations. How you speak and what you speak directly impacts those in earshot. Doing what you can to change what comes out of your mouth will go a long way for changing your mindset towards optimism.
Have you given much thought to how your mouth can get you into trouble? From speaking poorly of others to admonishing people for every misstep, your mouth may be the trap that is keeping you from being more optimistic.
What we say can encourage or deflate those we love.
Being negative and pointing out flaws can ruin esteem and cause strife. These are destructive and lead to breakdowns in relationships. Those bad situations affect our ability to see the good in others, and therefore, in the world.
Here are some ways you can use your words for the better:
These will help you to build esteem, foster healthy relationships, and see the world through a glass half full mindset.
Don’t Gossip – Refuse to engage in gossip. If you can’t avoid the conversation, remove yourself from the situation. Avoiding gossip will help you value all people and be seen as a trustworthy friend.
Give Compliments – There is always something worth complimenting. Positive reinforcement is an easy way to uplift and encourage others. Find one thing to compliment someone on and watch their spirits soar and your optimism follow suit.
Be Encouraging – Similar to compliments, encouragement is a kindness that everyone needs. Being encouraging and offering supportive commentary helps improve morale and mood. Gently sharing your positive thoughts about someone else helps them view you, and the world, through a glass half full lens.
By changing how you speak, you reduce the risk of being negative. Practice polite conversation and positive engagement, and you are sure to become more optimistic.