This is a special guest post from the Mormon Channel.
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Your attitude not only affects yourself, it affects your family. So if you want your family to be healthier and happier, then your family needs to have an optimistic mindset. Optimism is more than an attitude, though. It’s how you look at and face challenges, failures, and other life obstacles. To have a more optimistic home, you have to show your family how to think and act positively every day and in every situation. And here are six ways you can do that.
1. Look for the positive.
Bad things happen; that’s life. But rather than dwelling on the negatives in those bad situations, focus on the positive. This doesn’t mean you can’t ever be sad or upset—certain life situations necessitate those feelings. But even during those times, and while you’re feeling those emotions, you can still express an optimistic attitude. Doing so shows your family that no matter what trial comes their way, they can face and overcome it with optimism.
There’s always an opportunity, a ray of sunshine, waiting to be found. So if you didn’t get that promotion at work or you lost a loved one to sickness, have an attitude of gratitude for what you do have, even in those moments when perhaps you didn’t get something you really wanted.
2. Have patience.
Patience is a quality we all want, but many of us lack. It’s a quality most people will strive their whole lives to be really good at, and that’s OK, as long as you’re trying and practicing patience daily.
Patience is one of the main keys to optimism. To help teach your family patience, try creating purposeful delays, such as making your son wait to get that new video game until his birthday. As the saying goes, “The best things in life are worth waiting for.”
3. Give positive affirmations.
Words are powerful; sometimes a lot more powerful than you think, especially when it’s what you say to your children. One way to establish optimism at home is celebrating the successes of family members and positively affirming good behavior. If you don’t already, start saying things like:
· I’m so proud of you.
· You’re really good at that.
· You amaze me at how hard you worked on that.
· That’s such a good idea.
· I love you and who you are.
By saying phrases like these every day to your spouse and children, you can build up your marriage, your children, and your home one positive word at a time.
4. Live in the moment.
Living in the moment doesn’t mean the past and future aren’t important; it just means that when you choose to do something, you give 100% of your heart and focus to it.
So whether you’re eating family dinner or playing a board game, don’t sit there on your phone checking work emails from earlier that day or thinking about what you’re going to do for your girls’ night out next weekend. When you’re with your family, be with your family. Slow down, live in the moment, and appreciate the family and life you’ve been blessed with.
5. Be kind.
Home should be a place of peace and comfort. It should be a place where you can be yourself and know that no matter who you are, you’ll be accepted and loved.
Children first learn kindness at home. So be their perfect example of kindness by being kind to yourself and to each family member. Say kind things. Do kind acts. And make sure your kids are speaking and acting kindly as well, even when their brother is incessantly teasing them.
Everyone needs a good sense of humor. How can you have one, and help your family have one? Tell jokes. Be able to laugh at yourself when you do something silly or something doesn’t go quite as planned. Do things as a family that make you all laugh and have a good time together.
A great optimism quote about laughing comes from Joseph B. Wirthlin. He once said, “The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.” If you’re a family who loves to laugh, you already know that to be true. If you don’t, you’ll come to realize it in no time.
Thank you so much, Mormon Channel. I know when our family tries to live by these principles we are blessed with more optimism & better attitudes. It might be hard, but it is so worth it. Especially that patience one! 🙂 You can learn more about what we believe & receive a free gift from our family right here.
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