How To Be More Optimistic In The Long Term

We probably all have that one friend, one relative, one colleague or one neighbor who is particularly positive and can always see the bright side of the picture.

Sometimes they are kind of annoying. But sometimes they are kind of uplifting as they are trying to bring the best out of us.

In fact, you can possibly be that positivity freak.

However, if you are not naturally inclined to be so positive all the time, you may be confused and wondering how you too can actually learn (or teach yourself) to be more optimistic.

Some people are inherently positive while others are inherently negative. Maybe it’s an inborn thing. Maybe it’s shaped by their childhood experience.

But are we all capable of transforming ourselves from a negative energy-draining vampire to a positive, happy, self-motivating individual?

The key lies in shifting the way you think about things.

It turns out that optimism is not simply the tendency to believe that things will turn out for the better while pessimism is not just the tendency to think things will turn out poorly.

Instead, these terms are used to describe the way a person thinks about what causes the adversity.

A pessimist tends to think about these things in a way that makes them feel powerless. For example, many pessimists attribute the adversity to internal forces, such as “Oh my god, this ruins everything!”, “This is totally out of my control!”, or “Oh dear, there is no way I can change this.”

It is possible to change the way that you think about things. When you are faced with an adversity you’re your default set of thinking makes you conclude that things are negative, take a step back, take a deep breath and let’s reconsider it from a different angle.

For example, if you have an upcoming test and you are having difficulty understanding the material that is being covered, it is easy to fall into the line of thinking that you are going to fail. A healthier option is to think about ways you could better understand the material and work on learning and studying what you need in order to get a better grade on the test.

The idea is that if you are thinking you are going to fail, you probably will. Where focus goes, energy flows.

Changing your thought process and studying the material thoroughly is the only sensible option to improve your chances of success.

While our attitudes towards things are sometimes habitual, it is possible to change the way that you think about things, thus learning to be more optimistic about events.

Reading positive affirmations will help, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to reconditioning yourself to reframe any situations in the most empowering angle so that you consciously attach a positive meaning on it.

Let’s build up your awareness, train your focus muscle and transform yourself into a positive human being!

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How To Choose Happiness No Matter What

Have you ever dwelled on unresolved conflicts for months, if not years, where all you can think about are the negative side of things?

Are you the kind of person who always sees a glass half empty instead of a glass half full?

Do you have a tendency to be overprotective, over-cautious, overstressed by little minutiae because you somehow find a way to interpret them as bad dangerous things?

If you are naturally inclined to be pessimistic about life, the chances are that you aren’t happy most of the time. As sarcastic as it sounds, you are very good at finding reasons (or excuses) to be upset about everything that happens to you and this is negatively affecting your entire well-being.

Luckily, things don’t have to be this way. You have a choice. You have latent personal power to change that.

While some people are hardwired to find the negatives in almost everything, others are the exact opposite who are able to find the goods in everything.

If you tend to dwell on the negative, here’s the big thing you can do now in order to change your perspective for the better.

It’s called choosing happiness.

It sounds pretty simple although it’s a difficult transformational process for some fellows.

The first thing you need to do is to remember what happens to you is not always within your control, but how you react to it is.

Once you realize this, you are immediately more powerful because you are now choosing how circumstances can affect you. You now understand that no one can make you sad, angry or depressed because your happiness does not depend on anyone or anything.

Your happiness depends on you.

This attitude can be a challenge for some, especially those who have years of ingrained habits, thinking patterns, and belief systems that shaped their worldview into a negativity-biased reality.

However, the idea of reframing is to push out the negative thoughts and try to see things with a different perspective.

For example, if your significant other recently left you, the negative reaction for most is to dwell on what you did wrong and to feel sorry for yourself. To reframe this thought, you must consider the other people you have in your life who still love you.

It is okay to note the mistakes you may have made in the past relationships, but recognize that most of us made mistakes as well. And what’s more important right now is to stop living in fear, stop arguing over unimportant issues, stop figuring who’s right and who’s wrong, but start loving opening and generously while you still can.

Also, you must define what optimism means to you personally. Even the same words can sometime mean different things to different people.

Generally, optimistic people tend to believe that everything happens for a reason, but no matter what happens, everything will work out how it is supposed to and we will be fine.

While bad things are inevitably going to happen, it is important to learn from them and move on rather than dwell on them, letting the past things sucking your energy, time and spirit away.

If you’re willing to stop and take some time to reframe situations in a new, fresh and positive way, you will be a conscious human being who can design a happier, more successful, more fulfilling life.

Own A Home? Here’s Five Facts You Should Know About Your Kitchen Plumbing

Owning a home is a rewarding experience, but can also present situations of stress anxiety. If you are experiencing issues with your kitchen plumbing, or if you just want to educate yourself for future reference, there are a few facts you should keep in mind. Take a look at the following to help you deepen your understanding of your kitchen area.

Mold can grow in the kitchen!

First and foremost, all homeowners should be aware of the potential for mold. Not surprisingly, most people only consider the possibility of mold growth when they think about their bathrooms. While it is true that showers create atmospheres of humidity and dampness and are prime for mildew, kitchen plumbing is susceptible to the invasive substance, as well. Not only is mold bad for your health, but it can eat through certain pipe systems and wood. Maintain a regular inspection schedule to catch mold before it spreads.

Always be mindful of leaks.

Speaking of mold, never neglect a leak, no matter how minor it may seem. The most common issue is a leaky faucet. Even little leaks can amass pooled water and cause great damage. Dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines located in kitchens can all cause water damage. And water damage can incur necessary repairs that quickly morph into very large expenditures. Never ignore a leak! Call a trusted plumber immediately if you find that you are unable to stop the problem.

Orangeburg pipe is a problem.

This particular type of pipe is primarily found in older homes. So if you have a home that was built before the 1980s, then this information is for you! Manufactured in Orangeburg, New York, this material in your kitchen plumbing is comprised of a wood-like substance. Produced as a cheaper option, it has a lifespan of less than fifty years. With the material as flimsy as it is, these types of pipes have experienced a lot of rot and mildew over the years. The best remedy for Orangeburg is a replacement. While replacement of this pipe may cost you upfront, it can save you money in the long-run, as Orangeburg can cause bigger problems than just a replacement cost.

Funky water can indicate a problem with the pipes.

Your kitchen water can tell you a lot about the state of your plumbing. Ever detect a smell of rotten eggs? If you are in your kitchen, it could just be a forgotten carton of eggs. Or it could indicate a contamination from the sewer pipes. Algae and mold can also grow in your pipes and affect your water supply. The type of pipe itself can also tamper with the taste. Copper pipes, while reliable and flexible, can sometimes deposit small amounts of copper into the water, especially if the pipes are beginning to corrode. In short: call your local plumber if you notice a change in your water supply.

Drain cleaners are not always your friend.

When a kitchen sink clogs, most people turn first to a bottle of drain cleaner. This is not always a bad reaction, but you should minimize its use. Drain cleaners are a combination of harsh chemicals that can corrode your system of pipes. Not only are they corrosive, but they can sometimes release toxic fumes within your home. Again, you can use these cleaners, if you do so carefully and sparsely. Try a few do-it-yourself remedies first, or call a trusted plumber for your kitchen plumbing.