In life, you have 2 choices.
You can choose to see the glass as either half-full or half-empty.
In other words, you can choose to focus on the doom and gloom in life and take the pessimistic approach.
Or, you can decide to take the optimist’s route and enjoy a more happy and fulfilling life.
Don’t get me wrong, with everything happening in the world right now, sometimes it can be a challenge to look on the bright side of life and remain optimistic.
But as I reminded my mum recently, despite all the wars, terrorism and natural disasters, this is still the safest time in recent history.
Wars, persecution of people based on race and gender, health epidemics and poverty were all global issues that ordinary people were faced with daily.
And although there are still many regions in the world experiencing these tragic circumstances, most of us have come a long way.
Although I do not see the major issues of the world and human race being resolved in my lifetime, I do believe that it still pays to be an optimist.
We may not be able to change the world overnight, but we have a better chance of positively transforming the societies we live in by maintaining an optimistic attitude in life.
Our thoughts create our reality, therefore adopting an optimistic mindset will result in more positive outcomes in life.
Here are 3 reasons why it pays to be an optimist:
1. Optimists expect the best
Pessimists tend to focus on the negative aspects of a situation and sometimes even believe bad events are their own fault.
When an optimist is confronted with the same experience, rather than dwelling on it, they tend to look for the positive aspects of the situation.
They are more likely to focus on and plan for the ‘problem’ at hand and look for a way to move forward.
Optimists often view obstacles as opportunities and look for the lessons and blessings, rather than falling into a victim mentality.
They also have a positive expectancy that helps them to react better to change, sudden tragedies and setbacks.
2. People respond positively to optimists
Who likes spending time with a pessimist?
Not me, that’s for sure.
They drain your energy and generally leave you feeling completely underwhelmed with life.
Spending time with an optimist on the other hand normally leaves you feeling uplifted, motivated and inspired.
They are normally proactive and less dependent on others for their happiness.
They grab life with both hands and strive every day to live their best life.
An optimist’s energy positively influences those they are with which often draws people towards them and their optimistic view of the world can be contagious.
3. Optimists are healthier and live longer
Optimists generally have good health and medical research has found that a positive outlook can cause a measurable increase in the body’s ability to fight disease.
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Optimistic people also tend to have better ways of coping with stress, be more resilient during times of hardship and are more likely to have healthier habits.
Adopting an optimistic attitude does not mean you are happy all day every day.
It also does not mean that things do not bother you or bring you down.
Of course, there will be days when you feel low and disheartened.
Life is a rollercoaster and ups and downs are inevitable.
Even the most optimistic people have days when life feels exhausting and everything seems hopeless.
But the key is not to stay down.
Optimists do not dismiss the reality of a bad situation, they just choose not to spend too much time and energy dwelling on it.
They make a conscious effort to look on the bright side of life which often makes it easier to bounce back from a crappy day or experience.
So as you can see, if you want to live a happier, more enjoyable life, it pays to be an optimist.
Journal prompt: Where in my life do I need to adopt a more optimistic outlook?
Affirmation: Every moment of every day I am becoming more optimistic.