If you recognize these 19 behaviors, you’re an optimist at heart

Optimists look at the bright side of life. Pessimists tend to focus on the negatives. So are you an optimist or a pessimist? If you’re not sure, there are easy ways to tell. Optimists exhibit certain behaviors that identify them as glass-half-full type of people. 

If you recognize these 19 behaviors, you’re an optimist at heart…

1) You exhibit positive resilience

To the eternal optimist, setbacks are no big deal. 

I’ve always been a glass-half-full type of person. Whenever negative things happen to me, I push through. I know that my challenges are temporary, and I can get through anything.

2) You have gratitude and appreciation

If you take the time to find joy in everyday experiences, you truly are an optimist.

This looks like expressing gratitude even for the smallest of blessings that others might find ordinary.

3) You are solution-oriented

Instead of dwelling on problems, eternal optimists know to to focus on finding solutions.

4) You have a proactive mindset

Are you the type to always be going after what you want? If you’re laser-focused on your goals and strive towards them, you’re an optimist

5) You are hopeful about the future

Optimists believe in the potential of positive outcomes in a big way. They are fueled by motivation and perseverance. 

They might even look forward to hurdles because they know they can bounce back stronger after. 

6) You cultivate meaningful relationships

The optimist knows that their relationships require work, and they’re okay with that.

Staying in touch with people comes naturally to an optimist like me. I know to check in on friends I care about. I never forget a birthday. I am always down to celebrate “my people.” 

If you have a habit of reaching out to your loved ones and expressing appreciation for them, you’re definitely an optimist.

7) You see the best in others

Not everyone in your life is going to be amazing. But, you find something good in even the most flawed of people. It’s because you’re an optimist who sees the good in everyone. 

8) You engage in acts of kindness

Are you the type to do nice things for people without a benefit? You’re not only selfless, you’re also optimistic by nature. You radiate that optimism and you share it with others through your good deeds. 

9) You engage in physical activities that bring you joy

Whether you love to dance, hike, or practice yoga, you actively make time for the things that make you happy. 

10) You include people in the physical activities that bring you joy

Like #8 above, you also drag people into your fun. You want others to also reap the happiness you get from your favorite hobbies, so you invite them to join in.

11) You view setbacks as temporary or isolated occurrences

Not everyone’s life is going to be perfect. From time to time, things are going to happen that might impact you negatively.

But if you approach your problems and issues as something that happened that didn’t change the course of your life completely, you’re an optimist. If you know the negative aspects of life are temporary, you have a generally good outlook, making you a total optimist.

12) You have the ability to find the silver lining in any situation.

When something bad happens, do you often think of the bright side? 

You say to yourself, “well, this happened and even though it wasn’t a good thing, something good came out of it.”

When you know you learn from your mistakes, you’re an optimist.

13) You celebrate wins—even small ones

It’s common to celebrate big wins, like a new job, a baby on the way, a promotion. But do you find yourself celebrating even the smallest of achievements?

If you reveled in scoring a great deal on a product you just bought, or are rejoicing about some small work recognition, you’re an optimist by heart! 

14) You surround yourself with good people and influences

Do you sometimes look around and say, wow, I have the most amazing friends and acquaintances?

You’re probably an optimist. The fact that you gravitate towards good-natured people and influences who bring about positivity means you’re attracting people just like you!

15) You love reading inspirational stories

You get nourishment from hearing about good things happening to people. Whether it’s a triumphant story about someone achieving something great or learning about something going from bad to good, you love it because you’re an optimist. 

16) You embrace the journey, not necessarily the outcome

As you move through life, while goals are key, you tend to enjoy and appreciate the process more than anything. For you, it’s not just about winning, it’s about how you played the game. That’s exactly how an optimist at heart behaves.

17) You do what you love

If you’re lucky, your job is also your passion. Making your passion something that earns you income and adds to your livelihood shows just what an optimist you are.

18) You love what you do

Do you genuinely love what you do? If so, you’re winning at life because you’re an optimist.

19) You take care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being

This is not an easy one. I have a hard time putting myself first sometimes. 

But the true optimist knows to set boundaries because they need it to continue to be the optimist that they are. They are able to put themselves first in a wonderful, healthy way.

Final thoughts

Now that you know the behaviors of an optimist, where do you fall? Did you discover that you are, in fact, an optimist? Or did you realize (from reading this article) that you’re actually a pessimist

If you’re the latter and want to improve your outlook on life, make yourself more aware. 

Understand what’s causing the negativity in your life and actively work through them. As you move through life, be grateful for all of the blessings you have—big and small.

Remember to also surround yourself with positive influences, and engage in activities that bring you joy. Basically, you need to exhibit the qualities and behaviors of optimists as laid out above. 

The first part is recognizing where you fall on the optimism scale though. Then, you can make changes to get yourself on the up and up. Good luck!

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Ysolt Usigan Schmidt

Ysolt Usigan is a lifestyle writer and editor with 15+ years of experience working in digital media. She has created share-worthy content for publishers WomansDay.com, Shape, WhatToExpect, CafeMom, TODAY, CBSNews, HuffingtonPost, TheBump, Health Magazine, and AskMen. A working mom of two, her editorial expertise in relationships, spirituality, mental wellness, shopping, and home are rooted in her everyday life.

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