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Become an Instant Optimist

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Face it: Life throws us lemons sometimes. So make lemonade — or insect repellant and hair dye — with these surefire tips for staying optimistic in just about every situation.

  • Take control. We feel more optimistic about situations we influence, so don’t be afraid to assert yourself, even in a group setting. Feeling down about dinner options? Chances are everyone will feel a whole lot better if you bite the bullet and make the decision.
  • Smile! Research shows the simple act of smiling is enough to boost mood.
  • Get rid of the green. Jealousy doesn't do anyone any favors.
  • Focus on the positive, and don’t be afraid to laugh off the negative.

Read on for more tips for staying optimistic.

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