Let's Talk About Optimism
Have you heard any of these sayings or expressions before?
“The glass is half full, not half empty”
“Look on the bright side”
“Every cloud has a silver lining”
“There’s light at the end of the tunnel”
“There’s no such word as can’t”
Can you see that all of these sayings are related to optimism?
- Optimists generally have better physical and mental health.
- Optimists have greater success at work, school and sport.
- Some athletes are trained to visualise themselves winning as part of their training.
- An optimist’s attitude is self-fulfilling.
- Optimists live longer than pessimists.
- Anyone can be an optimist!
Why is optimism important to you?
During your life, there will be good times and bad times, ups and downs, and stuff that is difficult to deal with. How you cope in challenging situations depends a lot on the way you think. Having an optimistic attitude can help you in a number of ways:
- Optimism can make you feel in a better mood which helps prevent things like depression.
- Optimism can make you more persistent and determined when you face obstacles, which can lead to greater success.
- Optimistic people generally look after their health better than pessimists.
- Optimistic people are better at problem solving and looking at alternatives, which helps them overcome life’s difficulties.
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So how can you become an optimist?
There are a number of easy steps that you can take to becoming a more optimistic person and perhaps you already do some of these things. Check the list and see how you can learn to help yourself:
- Think positive, not negative
- Believe in yourself
- Look for the positives in every situation
- Keep things in perspective
- Remember that life has ups and downs
- Be around positive people
- Celebrate the good things in your life
- Express yourself by writing things down or by talking to someone
- Don’t blame yourself for everything bad that happens in your life
- Use positive language such as “I can” and “I will”