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3 Ways to Bring Out Your Inner Optimist

3. Connect with others: Hanson also emphasizes the value of a solid social network, saying that caregivers need to try and seek out as many opportunities for social interaction as they can. He says that caregivers seeking to become more optimistic need a diverse support network that can offer them camaraderie and support along their journey, as well as an opportunity to vent. Being a caregiver for both his mother and father, Hanson knows that finding time to socialize can be challenging for time-strapped caregivers, and encourages them to just do what they can. It may also help to broaden your idea of what social interaction means. Animals and kids are two sources of socialization that most people may not think to utilize, but Hanson says that they can supply caregivers with much-needed comfort and perspective.

It’s true that focusing on a beautiful sunset won’t make you deaf to your loved one’s resentful complaints, or make changing their diaper a pleasant task, but Hanson points out that research has consistently shown that people, no matter their circumstances, can learn to see the world in a more balanced way.

Will these tips work for you?

As with all things, you’ll never know until you try. Challenge yourself to really take the time and employ these strategies; then let us know what you think by commenting below.

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3:20AM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Thank you :)

8:20AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing

10:37AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

Dear Folks,

Thank you for your comments! I was delighted to find this article and to share it on Wholebeing Updates ( http://www.wholebeingupdates.wordpress.com ), the website for my wellness counseling/shamanic healing practice. Visit the site for information on many more ways to de-stress, regroup, and regain optimum physical and emotional health and well being.

8:31PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

There are days in any care giver's life that are depressing, and it is hard sometimes to see the positive, there is good info in this article and I am sharing it with my friends.

4:55PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

I consider myself as optimist, but there are days where there is no 'sun' and everything is bleak.
On such a day I can see everything wrong in my life and everything wrong in the world, suffering, lack, torture that people go trough and torture that many animals go trough. Lucky, those days are very rare for me and those bleak moments don't last very long. To me life happen, I am grateful for many good things in my life, I am grateful for many not so good things in my life, because usually those not so good things make me stronger and they teach me something.
Thanks for that interesting post.

2:17PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Thanks

2:03PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Thanks for the info, I'll try to remember these on bad days, and good! :)

12:15PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

To Marquita - Care2 members also share uplifting, happy, fun videos and stories. We have to mix the two or we would all be a frustrated, angry, sad bunch. If things start getting you down just tune out - go to a happy site where there are adorable animals, children doing and saying cute things...Those sites are there you only need to do a search. It may seem like most of us are here 24/7, but I doubt anyone follows only the ugly side of life and politics all the time. We all have our coping techniques - for some it's yoga...for me it's looking at the fun side of life.

10:09AM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Thanks for these excellent suggestions! I quoted you on my page, Wholebeing Wellness Updates (http://www.wholebeingupdates.wordpress.com

8:48AM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

It is hard to stay positive in this negative world. Just look at all the petitions that we that are members of Care2 are asked to sign and we don't even seem to make a dent. Although, when I receive updates that a petition has worked and there has been success helps make the day a positive one.

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