Research weighs heavily in favor of optimism being a powerful tonic to help you stay healthier and live longer. When optimistic people encounter adverse health issues, they bounce back quicker and survive years longer than their pessimistic counterparts. They view hardships as learning experiences and even on the most miserable of days, optimists look on the brighter side and hold on to the promise that tomorrow will be better.
Being an optimist carries multiple benefits―including improved physical health, greater longevity, and stronger resilience to bounce back from stressful situations. Optimists also tend to exude higher levels of confidence and perform greater in achieving their goals. Have you ever noticed, when you fix your mind on the positive, you attract positive things back to yourself? The healthiest and happiest people are those who are optimistic about life. This is no accident. Optimism works like a magnet for health and happiness.
Are you a glass half-empty or a glass half-full type of person? It comes down to training yourself to have the mindset of an optimist. Seek continual feedback from your spouse or a good friend about your attitude and give them permission to honestly point out when you are sliding on the optimism scale. Begin each day with writing a gratitude list in your journal to put yourself in a positive frame of mind.
Limit the amount of time you spend listening to the news media you listen to―which is enough these days to drive anyone’s mood into a downward spiral. Also be aware of the company you keep and limit how much time you spend with chronic complainers. Don’t let pessimism rub off on you. Finally, focus on what you can control, and don’t waste time on things you can’t―that’s like preventing the sun from rising tomorrow. Build a habit of being the most optimistic person you know and expect good things to happen!