Each year at this time I think about what's going to be improved on, changed or abandoned in how I approach my life and my work (same thing, for me). How about you?
You don't have to be an optimist to think optimistically, and there are many reasons we it is worth our consideration.
Resilient people understand that they need to take care of themselves emotionally and physically. Follow these ideas and you can join their ranks.
Progress is happening all the time, you just have to look for it. I know that some people react against this, because it challenges their world view and they are uncomfortable with it.
Despite a multitude of books on the subject trying to be happy doesn't work. Achieving happiness is like the Holy Grail of personal development.
Resisting change is not only a waste of time, it also makes it harder to deal with. Following advice from other people is probably not the right way to go either (you can still read this though). Change can be difficult, but it needn't be as big a problem as we often make it.
Curiosity has been called 'The Lust of the Mind'. Not a bad image, and on that also conjures up self-indulgance. Many great creators and thinkers have extolled the virtues of curiosity, and the value of keeping it alive. Like anything we think about though, we can fall into lazy habits that just don't do the job.
We say, "Be careful what you wish for". Sounds like a warning to me. What about "Look forward to what you wish for"?
Arriving somewhere new always tempts comparison with what we already know. It is a habit that is best resisted if you want to get the most of where you are when you arrive.
Food intolerance is widespread and we are increasingly well informed about what we eat. We take great care to ensure we don’t ingest things that are toxic to our bodies. But we totally ignore the list of things that do us harm mentally. We happily and ignorantly indulge in daily habits that, to us a technical term “do our heads in." If we can spot the common allergens we can do something about them and make wiser choices.