Why Not…Be an Optimist?
by Shannon Ables
Founder & Editor
The Simply Luxurious Life
One of the simplest things each of us can do on a minute by minute basis is to be hopeful and thereby, be an optimist. After all, hope conveyed openly to others and in our actions is optimism. While there are many things that are out of our control on a daily basis, choosing to be an optimist, allows what we do control to live up to its full potential.
“Hope is a process of goal-directed thoughts that reflects both the belief that one can find pathways to the goal and has motivation based on one’s perceived capabilities or thinking.”–Rick Snyder
In this three part series, I’d like to explore the many benefits of being an optimist, as well as ways to continually live with the perspective that the glass really is half full no matter what occurs in our lives. Let’s get started.
To begin with, being realistic about optimism requires that we accept responsibility for the thoughts that we allow to run around in our minds and consequently the words and actions that we exercise. Being optimistic requires focus, which as was shared a few weeks ago, has many benefits as well. Once we determine that we will live life looking for and striving for the good, amazing results begin to reveal themselves. As with anything, when we focus and refuse to be distracted, the goal will be met.
As a result of staying true in our determination to be positive, slowly we see things change, slowly the energy we have put out into the world returns. There are many ways and forms our energy can manifest: attracting hard workers into our company, seeing the respect others have for us increase and thus better treatment ensues, people are friendlier, those around us gain confidence. Ultimately, we are a magnet for what we put out in the world. So it is imperative that we choose a positive path if we hope to see a better world unfold around us.
Once we’re committed to being an optimist, we will be tested. This is almost guaranteed. We will fail at something we approached with a “can-do” attitude only to be knocked down. This is when our true grit must be summoned. An optimist using these moments of frustrations has an opportunity to grow, to look at a problem differently, to see the good and to walk away with the lesson instead of simply walking away. Failure truly isn’t failure until we refuse to learn the lesson.
A Healthier Life
Studies have proven that an optimistic outlook on life and trying circumstances does have a positive effect. In a 25 year long study done through the University of Michigan, they were able to demonstrate that a person with a pessimistic outlook on a life was more likely to have poor health in middle and late years.
And consequently, when we eliminate unnecessary health aliments simply due to looking at life as something ripe with possibility instead of the alternative, we lengthen the quality of our lives because we want to be able to enjoy it and are willing to put forth the focus to remain positive.
At the foundation of being able to live a full life is being healthy which always makes me wonder why more people wouldn’t want to be optimists. After all, I truly believe people want to be happy, want to live a life that sits well with them, the real life lesson that we all must accept is that it takes work to create this life that we desire. It isn’t handed out when we’re born, and that unfortunately is the lesson that too many people skip, miss or are never introduced to.
Stop by next Wednesday, when I’ll share more reasons for us all to continue to remain optimists. I hope your dayis a wonderful and thank you for stopping by The Simply Luxurious Life.
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