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Three tips to become more optimistic that you can start today

In 2008, I was fortunate enough to spend a few months living and volunteering in the far north of India. In this desert community, there was no running water, no electricity and no beds; everyone slept on the floor of their desert hut. Despite the fact these people had very little to call their own, I was continually blown away by how happy they were. It was this experience, and subsequent post graduate studies, that have led me to some pretty simple conclusions about the things that we need to be doing here in Australia if we want to be happier. Amongst that list is the relatively basic instruction; we need to choose to be more optimistic. That’s right, being optimistic is a choice. And the great news is, there are three simple things that we can do everyday to make us more optimistic. 

Start being more optimistic today

Music maketh the optimist

Music and mood are inherently linked. Research has shown, that listening to music causes the brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical that gives you pleasure. This in turn can help lower anxiety, increase motivation and centre your thoughts.
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Optimists that inspire us

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

Optimism is an attitude that can open you up to new ideas, experiences and possibilities. This mindset helps you look at the future openly. Optimism is about engaging in a meaningful life, feeling in control and developing resilience.  

Looking for some inspiration? Read some of our favourite stories about inspiring optimists below. 

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