In life, you are going to be at many crossroads filled with choices.
You may choose to have a pessimist view and live a self-defeated life, or you may decide to take the optimist’s route and take a challenging and fulfilling life.
So why nurture an optimist’s point of view? And why now?
Well, optimism has been linked to the festive mood and good morale; to academic, athletic, military, occupational, and political success; to popularity; to good health, and even longer life and freedom from trauma.
Nowadays, the rates of depression and pessimism have never been higher. It affects adults the same way it hits younger people and everyone in between. The mean age of onset has gone from 30 to 15. It is no longer a middle-aged housewife’s disorder but also a teen-ager disorder as well.
Here is how being optimist person acts and new research that backs up why it really pays to be an optimist:
Optimists expect the best.
Pessimists’ defining characteristic is that they tend to believe bad events, which will last a long time and undermine everything they do, are their fault.
The truth is optimists are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world. What differs is the way they explain their misfortune—it’s the opposite way.
They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback, that its causes are confined to this one case.
Optimists tend to focus on and plan for the ‘problem’ at hand. They use positive reinterpretation. In other words, they most likely reinterpret a negative experience in a way that helps them learn and grow.
Such people are unfazed by bad situations; they perceive it as a challenge and try harder.
They won’t say “things will never get better,” “If I failed once, it would happen again,” and “If I experience misfortune in one part of my life, then it will happen in my whole life.”
Optimists’ positive expectancies also predict better reactions during transitions to new environments, sudden tragedies, and unlikely turn of events. If they fall, they will stand up. They see opportunities instead of obstacles.
People respond positively to optimists.
Optimist people are proactive and less dependent on others for their happiness. They find no need to control or manipulate people. They usually draw people towards them.
Their optimistic view of the world can be contagious and influence those they are with most of the time.
Optimism seems a socially desirable trait in all communities. Those who share optimism are generally accepted, while those who spread gloom, panic, and hysteria are treated unfavorably.
In life, these people often win elections, get voted most friendly, and sought for advice.
When the going gets tough, optimists get tougher and focus by staying in the present moment.
Optimists typically maintain higher levels of subjective well-being during times of stress than do less optimistic people. In contrast, pessimists are likely to react to stressful events by denying that they exist or avoiding dealing with problems.
Pessimists are more likely to quit trying when difficulties arise.
Optimist people persevere. They don’t give up easily; they are also known for their patience. They are inching their way a step closer to that goal or elusive dream.
Optimists are healthier and live longer.
Medical research has justified that simple pleasures and a positive outlook can cause a measurable increase in the body’s ability to fight disease.
Optimist health is perfect. They age well, much freer than most people from the usual physical ills of middle age. And they get to outlive those prone to negative thoughts.
So why not be an optimist today? Think positively towards a more fulfilled life.
Why not look forward to success in all your endeavors?
Why not be resilient?
Like everybody else, you are bound to hit lows sometimes but don’t just stay there. Carry yourself out of the mud and improve your chances of getting back on the right track.
Why not inspire others to remove their dark-colored glasses and see life on the bright side?
Try it; you will be surprised by the beautiful outcomes and possibilities.
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Your Coach Lionel Sanabria