You have a choice today, be miserable and make everyone who comes near you equally as miserable, or get it together the optimism way. Why should we make adjustments to live better?
Optimism is defined as a “hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.” Dictionary.com explained that it also is “the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world.”
Being positive allows us to be grateful, focused, less stressed, depressed, and even helps with moods. People who chose to make this essential to their lives chose to believe that they’re not stuck, or shadowed with negativity.
This can change as we face challenges, but optimism prevails. This article will give the perfect solution, only suggestions as we know life can suck. Optimism can give you a sense of control—we can be realists in this world, but we don’t need to let it destroy us.
Psychology Today reported we need to manage our feelings, something that being out of balance in the optimism area could lead to.
“No one needs help managing positive feelings, but most of us aren’t nearly as adept as we ought to be at managing our feelings when bad things happen. Thinking positively—reaching for that silver-lining script or putting on those rose-colored glasses—not only skews our ability to assess situations realistically but also encourages us to avoid or distract ourselves from dealing with negative fallout.”
Today we will think of optimism as being a line of defense that you need for the battlefield. It can build resilience, to keep moving forward on life and make better decisions. First we can stop the self-defeating talk. Look at approaching things in a more productive and constructive matter, not one that leads into more self-defeat. Many researchers have found that doing this will boost the immune system, decrease stress, reduce risks of heart attacks, and could increase lifespan.
Actor Sylvester Stallone believes you need fierce optimism. You need this blind faith to survive in such a chaotic world.
“I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism. Remember the mind is your best muscle--big arms can move rocks, but big words can move mountains. Ride the brain train for success.”
This power can also utilized for health. You can achieve health goals by using optimism. Johns Hopkins researchers Lisa R. Yanek, M.P.H., explained the link and the hidden power of optimism.
“People with a family history of heart disease who also had a positive outlook were one-third less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event within five to 25 years than those with a more negative outlook.”
They found that people with a family history of cardiovascular disease compared to those in population were 13 percent less likely to have a heart attack or cardiovascular failure. It came down to their positive outlook the researchers found. Better thinking also sped up recovery time by using determination.
What you can do:
Today scan for a positive in life—look for something to be grateful for.
Find someone to remind you of what you do have. Keep a focus on your blessings. It opens doors to invite more positive people into your life. It will reduce aggression and help you shift gears when you want to lash out.
Gratefulness and optimism are linked. Using both will boost self-esteem and help with jealousy Forbes reported.
“Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs – which is a major factor in reduced self-esteem- grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.”
Be honest about your feelings. Things get very tough, but we don't need to hide and run away. Being positive does not mean there is not a problem. Know that we can't control everything. Accepting this will help you to not become derailed during bad times.