How to Become an Optimist: 3 Daily Habits To Help You Get Started

How to Become an Optimist: 3 Daily Habits To Help You Get Started

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Winston Churchill

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
Anais Nin

One of the most common questions people ask me via email is how to become more of an optimist.

So this week I’d simply like to share three habits that can help you to get started with that.

I use these myself just about every day to stay optimistic in pretty much any situation.

It may sometimes take a while before I find an optimistic thread of thought but these three habits usually help me to do it.

1. Ask yourself questions that let you see the optimistic viewpoint.

When I’m in what seems like a negative situation my most common way of making something better out of that is to ask myself questions that promote optimism and helps me to find solutions.

Questions like:

  • What is one thing that is positive or good about this situation?
  • What is one thing I can learn from this situation?
  • What is one opportunity within this situation?

These questions are not something that I can always use right away. Sometimes I need some time to process and accept the feelings and thoughts that arise.

But after a bit of time, when those thoughts and feelings have mostly passed, I ask myself one or more of these questions.

2. Get optimistic support from the world around you.

One of the most important factors if you want to be able to stay optimistic are the influences around you.

Optimism is – just like enthusiasm – contagious.

So find ways to create an environment that supports you.

The people in your life.

Try to spend more time with optimistic people and less time with people who seem to always be negative about things.

Positive people will support you, add upbeat energy and can help you to find a constructive change in perspective when you have a situation that is bringing you down and when you are just making a mountain out of a molehill.

The information you let into your mind.

One of the easiest things you can do to create and support your own optimism is simply to regularly read blogs and books and listen to or watch recordings created by optimistic people.

3. Start your day in an optimism creating way.

The way you start your day often sets the tone for the rest of it.

A stress-free morning leads to less stress and better focus during your day.

A work out early in your day leads to more energy throughout the day.

And optimism while you are eating your cereal or traveling to work or school can help you to stay positive and constructive as you go through the ups and downs of your day.

Three practical ways to get this good start is to:

  • Read or watch something optimistic or funny for 10-20 minutes during your morning.
  • Have an uplifting conversation over breakfast or early in your day.
  • Listen to a motivating audiobook or podcast as you ride the bus, your bicycle or while you’re walking somewhere.

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Henrik Edberg is the creator of the Positivity Blog and has written weekly articles here since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Gothenburg and has been featured on Lifehacker, HuffPost and Paulo Coelho’s blog. Click here to learn more…

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  • Dr.Vipul kumar

    This blog would be helpful for us.,

  • Great post! My little habit is to be thankful each morning. This sets my focus on what is right, and I think somehow helps me expect more to be right in the upcoming day!

  • Mayur Pise

    Truely my best friend Henrik Edberg and THE POSITIVITY BLOG.
    Changing my views about life. Thanks for being positive.


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  • It is a very useful article on Positive Thinking.

  • Such beautiful words. Optimistic, enthusiasm, energetic, hopeful, creative ambitious and happy are all similar. There is a sign of dynamic, vibrant attitude in optimism.
    Word of caution: Do not be over optimistic.
    How do we know when we are so?
    Good post. Regards

  • Saul Perez

    Thank you!

  • Jacki

    When I start my day with prayer, thanking God for a good night’s sleep, peaceful, etc. & then asking Him for guidance thru the day, I feel encouraged & confident that things will work out for my best. After all, that’s what He promises to do for us. Rom 8:28
    When I don’t do that, well, things may not go so good that day.
    I have proved to myself what works & what doesn’t.
    All you said in your article is good, but I would add prayer to that list.
    Enjoy your articles. Good work!

    • Linda

      Totally agree, I am thankful for your reply.

  • Nice one Thanks For Sharing with us.

  • Priyesh Jaiswal

    Henrik Edberg u r the best motivating author i read till date PERIOD. your ways and writing is so simple and doesn’t look to be repetitive. i read books for so many authors but stopped all other reading aft joining ur blog.
    u r the BEST.

  • As usual great post to start the day ! thanks from France !

  • Thanks for this, Henrik – simple and practical.

  • Hi Henrik, Great article. Optimistic people will find a way when they are in stuck in life. We have to develop an optimistic personality in our living life.


  • Hey! I like your blog. Thanks for sharing it….

  • Beto

    Very helpful and encouraging blog..