What is the optimism or optimistic attitude? Optimism is an attitude of always having good hope in all things and a tendency to expect a pleasant outcome. Optimism can also be interpreted to think positively. So optimism is more of a paradigm or way of thinking.
When a failure or the pressures of life, how he feels an optimist? A positive-minded optimists or think do not think failure is permanent. This does not mean that he was reluctant to accept reality. Instead, he received and examined the problem. Then, as far as circumstances permit, it acts to alter or improve the situation.
Contrary to the optimistic, pessimistic view would regard the failure of the bad side. Generally a pessimist often blame themselves for their misery. He considers that the misfortune is permanent and it happened because it was fate, stupidity, incompetence, or ugliness. As a result, he resigned and would not attempt.
Positive thinking is also a key to success for managing stress. Optimism will make a person faces an unpleasant situation with a positive and productive manner.
Benefits of Positive Thinking
Scientists have made a conclusion on the research for decades about the benefits of positive thinking and optimism on health. Research results indicate that an optimist is healthier and more longevity than others especially compared with pessimists. The researchers also noticed that the optimist is more capable of coping with stress and less likely to experience depression. Here are some benefits of being optimistic and often positive thinking.
- More longevity
- More rarely get depressed
- Smaller stress levels
- Having a body resistance against disease better
- Better physically and mentally
- Reducing the risk of heart disease
- Overcome adversity and cope with stress
Why are these benefits can be obtained for people who are optimistic and positive thinking? Because usually people who are optimistic will avoid activities that people do that pessimistic in the face of stress and pressures of life. People pessimistic when faced with stress would divert attention with activities such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and eat uncontrollably. Whereas an optimist would do more physical activity, follow a healthy diet and reducing smoking and alcohol.
Ways to Be More Optimistic
If you often think negatively of others or of serious situations, it does not mean you can not think positively. You can change negative thinking into positive. It is not difficult to do so, but it takes time and practice to create a new habit. Here are some ways to be more optimistic and have positive thoughts and attitudes.
When you think that you will not be able to enjoy an adverse event or will not successfully perform a task, immediately get rid of that thought. Focus on the positive things that will be generated.
To be optimistic is not easy. Natural disasters, live load, and also disaster could occur that make many people find it difficult to think positive. But by trying to be optimistic and positive thinking will produce a more healthy life and more satisfying. Do not give up!