Some people seem to be born with it and others without it.
But the Bible offers 4 tips for becoming more optimistic no matter our temperament:
1. Be thankful!
“Be thankful in all circumstances.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18, NLT
Thanking God and others for what we have takes our focus off what we don’t have. (See "Practicing Gratefulness")
2. Put others first.
“Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4, NASB
Thinking about the needs of others gives us a purpose beyond our difficulties. (See "Beatin' the Blues")
3. Focus on the Positive.
“Fix your thoughts on what it true and honorable and right.” Philippians 4:8, NLT
Dwelling on the good—even something as simple as nice weather—cheers us. (See "A Half Full Faith")
4. Remember Jesus!
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus in John 16:33, NIV
Remind yourself that whatever happens, you have Christ! (See "Inhale His Presence")
If we follow these principles, we'll have a hope-filled, optimistic attitude toward life.
copyright, Gail Burton Purath, 2011
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