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Positive Life Changes Your Way of Thinking
Oh, my best friend Wendy amuses me at times. “Positive life brings so much fun while negative life leads one to be so boring and useless.” Do you believe this? You see, this is what Wendy told me and I really got obsessed with it.
If you were the runner up in a writing contest, would you be extremely happy and try harder to get the top spot the next time around or would you be frustrated and find a reason to avoid the next contest?
What if your girl friend or boy friend is always cheating on you? Will you fall in love again by finding another love or you’ll never do this again in your life?
Life always gives us options. You may choose to be pessimistic and live in self defeat or you may choose to be optimistic and lead a life filled with challenges. So why build an optimistic way of thinking? And why do it now?
Well, you can link optimism to positive mood swings and good morale. It can also be associated with educational, athletic, military, employment and political success. The list grows even longer with links to popularity, good health, longevity and freedom from trauma.
But then again, the rate of both depression and pessimism are extremely high. It has an impact on middle aged adults in the same manner as it impacts the younger generation. This can no longer be considered a middle aged housewife's illness. It can also be called a teenager's illness too. This following is how optimists act and how research proves that optimism is valuable:
Optimists Want the Best
The main characteristic of pessimistic people is that they usually think that they cause bad events, which usually have a bad effect on everything that they do. Quite frankly, optimists encounter the same types of mishaps.
The thing that makes them different is the way they account for their bad luck, which is the opposite. They usually believe that defeat is a temporary setback, and that this is just a one time thing.
Optimistic people usually concentrate on and account for the problem in question. They use positive reinterpretation. Another way of putting it is that they will usually interpret a bad situation in a manner that helps them to learn and grow. These types of people are not dazed by problems. They see them as challenges and just try harder.
They’ll never say that things will never get better or that if they fail again, it is bound to happen once again. You’ll never hear an optimistic person say that if misfortune happens in part of their lives it will affect them all over.
Positive expectations of optimistic people also have better reactions during changes to new surroundings, sudden tragedies and weird change of events. If they fall down, they’ll get up. They see opportunity instead of problems.
People React in a Positive Manner Towards Optimistic People
Optimistic people are proactive and do not depend on other people for their well being. They don't have to control or manipulate other people. People gravitate toward them. Their positive perspective of the world can be contagious and be influential on others around them.
Optimism appears to be a wanted characteristic in all societies. People that share optimistic thoughts are usually acceptable; whereas, people that share gloom and doom, panic and drama are not favored. In life, optimistic people usually win elections or win votes for being friendly. Many people also ask them for their advice and opinions.
When the Going Gets Rough, Optimistic People Get Rougher
Optimistic people traditionally keep a higher level of subjective well-being during times of stress than pessimists. On the other hand, pessimistic people will generally react to stressful events by overlooking them or by avoiding the situation. Pessimistic people will generally give up when problems occur.
Optimistic people will continue on. They do not give up that quickly. They are viewed as patient people. They’ll move even closer to their goals or hard to reach dreams.
Optimistic People are in Better Health and Have Longer Lifespan
Medical research has proven that easy pleasures and a positive viewpoint can account for a huge increase in the way the body fights diseases. Optimistic people generally are healthy. They age well and don't experience the common medical conditions of middle aged people. In addition, they usually live longer than people prone to negativity.
So, why become an optimistic person today and have positive thoughts about a fulfilling life?
Why not expect to be successful with whatever you do? Why not be resilient? Just like anybody around you, you’ll eventually go through a low point at times, but don't lie down and give up. Get up and increase your opportunities of getting up and back into the game. In addition, try to give others around you inspiration to get rid of their half empty glasses and see the positive side of life.
I leave you to ponder this quote, “Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one sees the stars." A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts By Frederick Langbridge.