Turn your glass from half empty to half full with these 10 behaviors.

When one or more of these behaviors is practiced on a daily basis, your glass may even runneth over:

  1. Focus on what can be controlled and avoid focusing on factors that are out of your control.
  2. Smile and remember what’s important in life: family, friends, a newborn calf, a warm house on a chilly night, the simple things in life like that first cup of coffee in the morning.
  3. Interact with positive people by volunteering on committees, performing community service and/or attending school, church and community functions.
  4. Take the word “but” out of your vocabulary as “but” negates what comes before it. Instead, use the word “and” such as “You’re doing a great job, and it would be even better if. . .”
  5. Acknowledge family, friends, employees with a simple “thank you” or “nice job,” a handshake, a pat on the back, etc. You might be surprised at how good it feels when the acknowledged person smiles back at you.
  6. Give yourself credit for what you are doing right or to the best of your ability.
  7. Set aside quiet time every day and focus on the simple things in life that make you feel good.
  8. Surrender to the fact that life isn’t fair.
  9. See each problem or challenge as a teachable moment—and learn something from that teachable moment.
  10. Find beauty in the world around you: a sunset, a tree changing colors or budding out in spring, the first snowfall, etc.

Note: Seeing a glass as half empty is negative thinking (pessimist); seeing a glass as half full is positive thinking (optimist). Research has shown that a positive, optimistic attitude has a positive impact on one's health, longevity, stress level, success and overall well being.

Source: Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin