Get moving. Regular physical exercise, especially exercise that you truly enjoy, boosts both your energy and your mood, and it reinforces your power to take charge of your own health and well-being.

Step out of your comfort zone. Learn a new language or computer program, or start a new project at home or at work. By embracing the unfamiliar, you’ll strengthen your capacity to handle all sorts of new situations. The more you challenge yourself in different ways, the more resilient you will become.

Clear the weeds that are choking your optimism. When you notice yourself thinking pessimistic or cynical thoughts, take a moment to step back and reevaluate. See if you can look at the situation from a different perspective–one that is kinder to you and allows for a more constructive way of handling the difficulty.