5 Ways to See The Bright Side (It Could Help You Lose Weight!)

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Seeing the brighter side of things not only makes life more pleasant but can also help you lose weight. Emotional eating is one of the major causes of spinning out of control with food. If you could control your thoughts, maybe you could control what goes on afterward. Another thing about seeing the bright side of things is that it brings on far less stress. Stress causes the release of cortisol, a hormone known to hoard fat in the body, especially around the abdomen.

Here are 5 different ways that I use to try to look at the bright side of any situation and save myself a little stress.

Reframe the situation. Think about it like you are looking at it through rose tinted glasses. For example, if I was trying very hard to get a bunch of things done and the pressure was really on, I might have to eliminate something. I would do so as politely as possible and look at it as freeing up some space rather than failing. I am not Wonder Woman, after all.

Spend some time in the sun or under a special light that simulates sunlight. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, me included. I have difficulties being in the sun, so I use a full spectrum light. Either will give you the mood boost that you need. Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder can be the blahs, depression, increased appetite, and lethargy. It’s hard to look on the bright side with all of that going on, so get in a little sunshine.

Be grateful. Many times we are so busy concentrating on what we don’t have. Try focusing the same energy on being grateful for what you do have at the moment. Sometimes, when I feel sorry for myself financially, I thank God that I can walk into my kitchen and get clean water to drink and I have a roof over my head. That really is more than some people have. So, really, I am very lucky.

Give. I try to pass on my blessings as well. Giving brings joy. You know the excitement you feel when you have a gift for someone and you can’t wait to see them open it? I love that feeling. Think of doing that on a small scale year round. It can be as simple as leaving a quarter in the shopping cart at Aldi for the next person to use, offering to buy a co-worker a beverage, or just offering a smile instead of averting your eyes as you walk.

Laugh. A lot. Rent a comedy movie, hang around your friends that can make you smile when there is nothing to smile about, find your best friend from 5th grade on Facebook and talk about your silly sleepovers. Do something totally goofy with your kids or set up a date from the early days with your hubby and laugh about old times.

The world is in a sad situation, but really, the only thing we can do to change it is to be happy and spread joy. So if you see nothing to laugh about or smile about, laugh in the face of what would be here to stay and smile it away. Your waistline will thank you for it as well.

How do you see the bright side?

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Comments

BTRFLYDOG 8/2/2019
Great blog, Beth! You have an amazing outlook on life. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us. Report
CECELW 1/7/2019
It's gotta be the attitude Report
BOOKNUT52 11/20/2018
Lots of good suggestions, thanks. Appreciated the examples too. Report
Attitude determines altitude. Report
Attitude is everything. Report
KHALIA2
I agree with you! Thanks for sharing! Report
Attitude is everything. Report
good points Report
thank you so much I agree positive only Report
Thank-you for the blog & sharing your wisdom. All are valid points. You are right about laughter. Many do not realize how much "laughter is the best medicine". When there's nothing to laugh about, laugh at yourself, it's OK. There are times when I really entertain myself well. : - ) Report
LISAZIG
Thank you so very much.....I ALWAYS look forward to your Blogs and Sparkpage. Thank you for all your positive thinking and outlook. Report
Thanks for posting this blog. It is always easy to see the negative side, but all goes better when you look at the bright side. Report
CYNNANE
July has been the most stressful month of my life (I even had a baby in July five years ago, and this one TAKES THE CAKE!). See my latest blog for the full run down.
Bottom line, I made a conscious choice to let some things slide and tackle each problem as it arose. I did not get my workouts in consistently, but watched what I ate. I ended up losing 1.5 pounds despite the lack of workouts and the ever mounting stress and late nights. Learning to look on the bright side is what I credit with not losing my progress and actually coming out ahead! Report
Thanks for the inspiration! I printed the tips and put them near my bathroom mirror to start each day with! Report
What a beautiful blog post!!!!!! This made me feel SOOOOO great to read and you are SOOOOOO right!!!! I'm posting this to Facebook!!!
Brightest Blessings to you!!!
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When I am stressed I hang with my animal companions. My cats are masters of indolence and play, also warm fluffy vibrators, very cuddlesome in a wholesome way, and my chickens are models of industry. Also they behave so appallingly to each other, it makes me laugh my head off. I've learned a lot about human behavior from my chickens, especially about pecking orders, I've come to appreciate how much behavior is wired in! Report
Always best to look at the bright spot of the day. I love the be thankful and giving ideas. How true this is! Report
this is a wonderful no nonsense helpful lifestyle adjustment remedy. i especially appreciate the comment about giving. so many times we get in a sorrowful self pitying state of mind that we forget to be thankful for what we have and to give the blessing of reaching out to others and giving to them. Report
Thank you. Great blog. I was just ready to binge on cereal and after reading this, I have no need for food. Report
very true I am just starting with a short term goal to look at the positive side of things. These are great thing to think of thanks Report
I love it! This one really hit home for me. I battle with a lot of emotional stress eating and this will really help! Thanks! Report
It took me 58 years to admit that I was an emotional over-eater and now I can shout it from the roof-tops! I'm learning to "feel" my emotions, instead of eating through them....it's been a HUGE step forward for me, on this healthy journey!! Report
FITFLYGIRL
Great, great blog post! It definitely gave me some pointers that will help during those stressful moments! Report
Good things to ponder. Thanks. Report
Great blog. Makes a lot of sense. Report
Thanks for the reminder I am sometimes guilty of moving too fast and not taking time to see the real beauty in life despite the road blocks. Report
great blog..thanks Report
Always a joy to read your blogs! Report
You are SO inspirational !!! Thank you !!! Report
FATOS1
thanks, nice advise. i enjoyed this blog Report
Really fit my need today with starting a new week. Thanks Beth! I always enjoy reading your blogs. Report
Great list Beth, Thank you!
I really like the advice to "reframe"! Report
Thanks! I needed that! Report
Thanks for some great reminders! Report
I enjoyed this. Very true. Report
DEBWMS8
An inspiration! Report
I believe that laughing helped me beat stage 4 cancer in 1990. Lots of funny books on tapes, comedy movies, and comedy clubs! Report
CYNNANE
I have found laughing can do wonders for my mental health. I have found that I don't dwell on problems or complain about them as much because I am willing to laugh at other things but most importantly, I am able to laugh at myself. Report
I do my best to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative, to the best of my ability. We all have bad days. The key is to make those bad days few and far between.

When I want to feel a little more upbeat, I listen to good music ! Report
These tips are so true! Thanks for sharing Beth. Report
2DIETORNOT2DIET
I have a husband with serval health problems he is VERY demanding of my time do I know stress, stress is all I know! Report
Great piece! How do I see the bright side of things? With a "Happiness Journal." I received a beautiful journal as a gift from a dear friend at a very low point in my life ... I decided to make it a Happiness Journal by writing only entries that begin with "Happiness is ..." and the goal was to write in it daily. During that difficult time I had to find at least one thing to be happy about each day. It worked quite well in bringing me back to a place of joy and happiness. I don't write in it as often as I should, but whenever I'm feeling down I try to focus on those things which make me happiest. It seems to help. Report
good points! Report
Good observations.

I find that one way of reframing or changing perspective is to work with animals (training them, grooming them and just playing with them). Watching them and their seemingly somnolence as a source of humor & meditation Report
Great blog~ Report
As always, a timely, insightful blog. Thanks for your positivity, I sure needed it today. Report
Great blog. Thank you. Report
Great Blog! Thanks. Report
AMNERIS1964
I am an emotional eater, but lately Im changing the way Im thinking and my perspective about live. Every morning I wake up and thank God for the air Im breathing that makes me be alive, then I will thank him for all the little free things around me. Trust me It helps a lot. You feel free of a lot of negativism, and that is what used to make me fat (eat). Be thankful for what you have and dont overstress for those that you dont have. It takes time, but is worthy!
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MJ7DM33
Thanks for sharing! GREAT blog!!! Report