Why be an optimist

Life offers us many choices but we decide to take pessimist’s view and live a

self-defeated life or be optimistic and face life headlong. 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. Let’s consider how.

Optimists expect the best

The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe bad
events, which will last a long time and undermine everything they do, are their
own fault. The truth is optimists are confronted with the same hard knocks of
this world. What differs is the way they explain their misfortune. They tend to
believe defeat is just a temporary setback, that its causes are confined to the
one case, and not necessarily pervasive

Optimists are proactive

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 situation, they perceive it is a challenge and try harder. They
won’t say “things will never get better,” “If I failed once, it will happen
again” and “If I experience misfortune in one part of my life, then it will
happen in my whole life.”

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