Optimism is a powerful thing; actually an excellent survival strategy. There’s good reason it’s considered one of the most powerful emotional intelligence attributes. However, many people actually think it’s bad. Of course, those are the pessimists. The easiest way to think about optimism is that when you’re in a pickle and things aren’t working out, the optimist looks for options out of the pickle. Maybe they should be relabeled “optionists”. Pessimists on the other hand are more prone to getting stuck and ruing that there is no way out of the pickle.
Optimism, by the way, is not about people being all cheerful and rosy all of the time. Optimists are in slightly better spirits than your pessimistic counterparts, only because they know there is one VERY big thing in the future: hope. If you don’t have hope…the belief that things can be different or better, then you often live your prophecy. Things don’t get better. Studies show that those who score high in hope heal faster, are less depressed and have less regrets in their lives. High optimism and hope scores are actually a better predictor of who and who will not get a second heart attack than the chief medical indicators (cholesterol, family history, etc.). Crazy…but it’s true.
So, learn to become optimistic. According to Martin E.P. Seligman, PhD, it has to do with your style of explaining good and bad events in your life, mainly the bad ones. Go to my article at Entrepreneur Magazine online to learn more in depth about the differences between optimists and pessimists and how to change if you want. Find the article at:
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