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The first step in approaching a negative situation with an optimistic outlook is to accept what you can’t change.
Once you’ve done that, you have 2 options: reframe ( look for an opportunity instead of ruminating on the loss ) or divert (shift your focus to something else).
One of the fastest, most effective ways to feel happier is to show someone kindness.
In a 2017 study by Oxford University, researchers found that performing acts of kindness for just seven days had a measurable, positive effect on well-being and positive social emotion.
Most optimists have strong, supportive relationships. The comfort of knowing you don’t have to do everything by yourself contributes to long-term happiness.
You don’t have to have a lot of them, but you have to have around you people you trust and trust you back.
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The two most common types of manipulators are bullies and “victims”.
Bullies make you feel fearful and might use aggression, threats and intimidation to control you, while “victims” engenders a feeling of guilt in their target by acting hurt when denied something.
The term refers to manipulation that gets people to question themselves, their reality, memory or thoughts. Gaslighters twist what you say and make it about them, hijacking the conversation or making you feel like you’ve done something wrong when you haven’t.
Gaslighted people often feel a false sense of guilt or defensiveness, as if they failed completely or did something wrong when they didn’t.
Highly motivated people ask themselves: WHY do I do what I do?
If you know WHY you do what you do, and it matters deeply to you, then you will find your strength in any situation.
Many people don’t really lack motivation, they lack models of what’s possible - they have limiting beliefs of what’s achievable.
That’s why inspirational stories and role models can be so powerful: they open our eyes to a whole new realm of possibilities.
Limiting beliefs show up in our minds in insidious ways.
For example, we might tell ourselves: "That’s not me; I can’t do that; or, I’m not good enough."