The road to optimism starts with small steps, or small joys. “We build confidence and change our expectations for the future with tiny, frequent wins,” says Heft. Whether you planted pretty mums in a container to brighten your front steps or you checked off a task on your to-do list, don’t just brush these small accomplishments aside, acknowledge them. While pessimists tend to believe their fate is out of their control, optimists think that with hard work, the future is largely in their hands.
We can call the small steps confidence builders. When we take small steps to become more optimistic we quickly discover we’re smiling more, enjoying life more, and lot more fun for others to hang out with.