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From Omar's Desk: Learned Optimism

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Drowning in Negative Thoughts?

5 ways to reprogram your mind for optimism (backed by science):

1/ Be Kind to Yourself

It's easy to blame yourself for every setback. Remember that not everything is your fault. Many factors that are outside your control contribute to life's ups and downs. Take a balanced view and focus on what actions you can take. By not shouldering the blame for the uncontrollable, you'll bounce back faster and stronger.

2/ Break the Cycle

When one thing goes wrong, it's tempting to let that negativity spill over into other areas of your life. Resist the urge to generalize a single setback as a sign that everything is going poorly. Compartmentalize challenges and keep them in perspective. Celebrate the parts of your life that are going well.

3/ This Too Shall Pass

In the midst of a tough situation, it's hard to imagine things ever improving. But most setbacks are temporary, even if they feel permanent at the moment. Remind yourself of prior challenges, how they felt at the time, and how these eventually passed.

4/ Our Stories Shape Our Realities

The stories we tell ourselves profoundly impact our experiences and emotions. If you constantly tell yourself negative stories like "I can't do this" or "I'm not good enough," you'll start to believe them. Reframe your self-talk with empowering stories like "I'm learning and improving" or "I've overcome challenges before, and I can do it again."

5/ Positivity is Contagious

The people, content, and environments we surround ourselves with greatly influence our outlook and well-being. Spend time with individuals who uplift and inspire you. Engage in activities that bring you joy, fulfillment, and a sense of purpose. Practice daily gratitude.

These tips are inspired by Martin Seligman's "Learned Optimism" and brought to you by Omar's Desk. Embracing these will profoundly shift your mindset, leading to greater fulfillment, happiness, and success!

PS: Optimism is a skill. You gradually rewire your thought patterns toward positivity by taking small, consistent actions.