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Can you learn optimism?

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toomanycourgettes Sun 31-Mar-13 10:05:39

I am a glass half empty person - always have been. I am spoiling great chunks of my life by worrying incessantly about things that I cannot change, or do not warrant the amount of time spent worrying. I wish, really wish, I could be happy and optimistic. Is there a way to change?

I don't think I am depressed, maybe a bit anxious, but just wish I could look on the bright side instead of always finding things to worry about. DH says I actively look for stuff to worry about instead of just being happy in the moment.

Any ideas? Am I a prime candidate for CBT?

Sparklingbrook Sun 31-Mar-13 10:12:26

I have had counselling too, and my Counsellor said that people who worry continually look for something to hang their worries on. That rang true for me. I now try not to do that, but I overthink things.

I am a glass half full person, always seeing the problems before I start. But I think I am realistic too. I tend to see when something isn't going to work.

noraa Sun 31-Mar-13 22:05:48

i think there are some positive thinking therapies or books, but I dont know which are best.

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