Summer has well and truly left us behind, as the nights draw in, and the jumpers start to make an appearance! It may be getting colder, but October remains one of my favourite months of the year, filled with the beautiful colours of autumn.

The ‘Optimistic October Action Calendar’, published by Action for Happiness in 16 languages, has daily suggested actions to do throughout October 2019 to help you be a realistic optimist and have goals to look forward to. I have always been an optimist, and I find that this mindset has a powerful impact on the way in which I deal with the stress of daily life. I would be lying if I said I was always an optimist, as it’s human nature to sometimes feel overwhelmed and pessimistic – but remember that there’s always something good to look forward to, no matter how small that may be.

If you’re wanting to be more optimistic, keep the below calendar close to you this month, and start to take small steps. You may just surprise yourself with what you can do!

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.”

Written by simonrstones

Simon R. Stones BSc (Hons) is an award-winning patient advocate, consultant and researcher from Manchester in the UK, who was the winner of the international WEGO Health Award for Patient Healthcare Collaborator in 2017. He is a passionate advocate and ambassador for people living with invisible illnesses, inspired and empowered by his own journey with juvenile arthritis, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease since childhood. He is currently an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, a trustee of Fibromyalgia Action UK and RAiISE, and board member of the European Network for Children with Arthritis (ENCA) and the European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA).

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