Life is not all doom and gloom, and there are always many more positives than negatives. And very often you take the positives for granted and focus on the negatives, which lead to depressing thoughts. Nevertheless, if you can be optimistic and upbeat that which has been greatly appreciated by people around you, then you will be more satisfied with life.
Optimism is a form of positive thinking or a mental attitude that includes the belief that you are responsible for your own happiness and that more good things than bad will continue to happen to you. It is characterized by hope and confidence in success and a positive future. Optimists believe that bad or negative events are rare occurrences and that it is not their fault when something bad happens but is due to something external.
People who are optimists tend to focus on the positive side of things rather than the negative and the opposite of optimism is known as pessimism.
Optimists tend to view hardships as learning experiences or temporary setbacks. Even the most miserable day holds the promise for them that “tomorrow will probably be better” and optimistic attitudes are linked to a number of benefits which makes it important.
How to be Optimistic
Focus on your appearance: What you wear, and how you look affects how you feel and your appearance can make you feel more confident and positive.
Expect good things to happen in your life: When negative thoughts access your mind replace them with thoughts of hope, cheerfulness and confidence.
Learn to accept the past, leave it behind and continue to better things: Wallowing in the past creates unhappiness and lack of optimism and you need to learn to let go.
Importance of Being Optimistic
Optimism helps People Succeed
Optimism goes beyond seeing the bright side of a situation or expecting good things but it is also a way of explaining what has already happened.
When something good happens, optimists think about what they did to make the situation turn out so well. They see their abilities as permanent, stable parts of themselves and they think of how this good thing can lead to other good things.
When things do not go as expected, Optimists do not blame themselves but they see setbacks as temporary. When something goes wrong, optimists link it to a specific situation or event not their capabilities and because they do not view setbacks as personal failings, optimists are able to bounce back from disappointment.
Optimism Builds Resilience
Optimism lets you see disappointing events as temporary situations that you can get past. It strengthens you to try again rather than give up and allows you to keep your goals and dreams in play so we can act on the motivation to keep working toward them. Because of this, optimistic people feel more in control of their situations and have higher self-esteem.
It helps you to be Confident And Realistic
Optimism is not about seeing everything as rosy because Optimists do not ignore problems or pretend life is perfect. They just choose to focus on what is good about a situation and what they can do to make things better. Optimists have true confidence because they are prepared and know they need to study if they want to ace a tough test and that they cannot make the basketball team without practicing. Optimism goes hand-in-hand with action and it is about finding a healthy balance of positive and realistic thinking.
Being Optimistic Reduces Stress
Optimists also tend to experience less stress because they believe in themselves, their abilities and they expect good things to happen. They see negative events as minor setbacks that can be overcome and view positive events as evidence of further good things to come. Believing in themselves, they also take more risks and create more positive events in their lives.
It Improves your Physical Health
Optimistic attitude helps you to be happier, heathier and can protect you against depression and also help you live longer.
Being optimistic is obviously a choice one has to make, however the advantages of being optimistic has a great positive impact on one’s life in general.Featured Image Source: Medium
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