Are you ready for your life to change for the better? Perhaps, it’s time to change your point of view? I’m talking about seeing things in a positive light. That’s right! Good ol’ optimism vs. pessimism.
Think about this quote… What would you see?
“Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one sees the stars.”- Frederick Langbridge, A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts
What if you placed second in a writing contest, will you jump for joy and push for better results the next time or will you be discouraged and find an excuse not to join again?
In life, you are always filled with choices. You may opt to have a pessimistís view and live a self-created and defeated life or you may decide to take an optimist’s route and create a challenging and fulfilling life.
So why nurture an optimistís point of view? And why now?
Well, optimism has been linked to positive mood and good morale; to academic, athletic, military, occupational and political success; to popularity; to good health and even to long life and freedom from trauma.
On the other hand, the rates of depression and pessimism have never been higher. It affects middle-aged adults the same way it hits younger people. The mean age of onset has gone from 30 to 15. It is no longer a middle-aged disorder but also a teen-ager’s disorder as well.
Optimists expect the best
The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe in and create bad situations or events that seem to last a long time and undermine everything they do. Pessimist also believe that its their own fault.
The truth is that optimists are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world. What differs is the way they explain their “misfortune“—it ís totally opposite. They tend to believe that defeat is just a temporary setback and that its causes are confined to this one case.
Optimists tend to focus on and create a plan to resolve 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 a bad situation, they perceive it is a challenge and try harder.
Optimists try to avoid sayings like, “things will never get better,” or “if I failed once, it will happen again,” or “if I experience misfortune in one part of my life, then it will happen for the rest of my life.”
Positive expectations of optimists also predict better reactions during transitions into new environments, sudden tragedies and in unlikely turn of events. If they fall, they will stand up. They see opportunities instead of obstacles.
People respond positively to optimists
Optimists 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.
In life, these people often win elections; get voted most congenial and sought for advice.
When the going gets tough, optimists get tougher
Optimists typically maintain higher levels of subjective well-being during times of stress. In contrast, pessimists are likely to react to stressful events by denying that they exist or by avoiding dealing with problems. Pessimists are more likely to quit trying when difficulties arise.
Optimists persevere and exercise patience. They just don’t give up easily and keep inching their way a step closer to that goal or elusive dream.
Optimists tend to be healthier and live longer
Medical research has justified that simple pleasures and a positive outlook can cause a measurable increases in the body’s ability to fight disease.
Optimists also tend to have better health. They age well, are much freer and tend to avoid typical physical maladies as they age. Also, they get to outlive those prone to negative thinking.
So why not be an optimist today? Begin to think more positively towards a more fulfilled life!
Why not look forward to success in all your endeavors? Why not be resilient by becoming more positive? Like everybody else, you will hit some of life’s lows, but don’t just stay down there. Pick yourself up and carry yourself out of the mud and improve your chances of getting back on the right track. And why not inspire others to remove their dark-colored glasses and see life on the bright side? Don’t look down at the mud, look up and see the stars!