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Learning The Art of Being an Optimist
Optimism is a choice
Learning the art of being an Optimist is a SIMPLE choice.
Optimism is a skill set that you learn, it is a way of living, and as such it is within your power to choose to learn and become more optimistic.
The more you practice being optimistic, the more likely it will come naturally.
Optimism is about embracing the possibility of failure and being okay with it
Pessimists are afraid of failure because it’s too close to the things they fear most. Optimists, on the other hand, make peace with the possible outcomes. They know that failure is often a necessary part of learning and growing.
This mindset lets us try interesting new things without fear of repercussions. Yes, we may fall on our face and look like an idiot—but we also might learn some valuable lessons along the way that help us become more self-aware.
Optimism isn’t about never facing adversity; it’s about embracing what life has to offer and being open to new possibilities, even if they may not work out in our favor. By having this mindset, you’ll be able to take risks without getting thrown off by unexpected setbacks or obstacles—whether it’s trying a crazy flavor combination at your favorite ice cream place or taking on a challenging new project at work while balancing your responsibilities as a parent or caregiver. It all comes back full circle: Failure breeds success because we learn from our mistakes!
Optimistic people have more fun
It’s true that sometimes life is terrible. Yet, numerous studies have shown that optimists are more likely to be healthy and successful than pessimists. Let’s look at why this happens.
- Optimistic people tend to see obstacles as opportunities rather than setbacks. For example, when a pessimist loses their job, they may feel like the world is ending and sink into bouts of depression. An optimist, on the other hand, sees this loss as an opportunity to revamp their resume or try out new career paths.
- Optimistic people are more likely to try new things because they know something good will come out of it in the end. When I was younger, I was terrified of heights and would never go near a roller coaster or high bridge—but after talking with an optimistic friend who convinced me it would be fine (and maybe even fun), I went on my first big-drop roller coaster ride and loved it!
- Optimistic people are more likely to be happier overall because they focus on their accomplishments rather than mistakes or failures
Optimists don’t have rose-colored glasses
Optimists don’t wear rose-colored glasses. They know the world isn’t perfect and they’re not blind to its problems. Instead of accepting things as they are, they believe they can make a difference and find solutions to those problems. Even when things go wrong, optimists don’t give up hope. Instead, they look for ways around their problems
If you think about it having high self-esteem is one of the best predictors of happiness. Optimists are very positive in their outlook on life and themselves so it makes sense that they would have high self-esteem and be happier than pessimists.
They have been shown to live longer, possibly because their positive attitude helps them deal with stress more effectively or maybe because optimists are more likely to take care of themselves.
Pessimism is also a simple choice
“If you’re a pessimist, that means you use your imagination to find problems and obstacles in every situation. You believe that your worst fears are going to happen, so why not take precautions against them?
“Now, if you’re an optimist, you ignore the negative and focus instead on what’s positive. Instead of worrying about what could go wrong, you imagine every possible solution: “What if X happens? What can I do to fix it?”
“By becoming more optimistic and less pessimistic over time, you’ll learn how to stay resilient when things go wrong. That way it won’t be a surprise when something bad does happen. And because optimists are always looking for the positive in any given situation, they will see the silver lining very quickly.”
Pessimistic people find more problems than optimistic people
You can be a pessimist and still be successful, but it’s harder. Pessimists tend to focus on the negative aspects of a situation and may be more likely to give up in the face of adversity. This is largely because pessimists are more likely to experience negative emotions like anxiety and depression, which can affect their ability to perform under pressure.
Being an optimist doesn’t mean ignoring or minimizing problems; it means recognizing them without letting them slow you down. Optimism isn’t about forcing yourself to think that everything will always turn out okay; it’s about having faith that things will eventually work out for the best, even when they don’t immediately seem like they will.
So what does this have to do with success? Well, if you’re an optimist who believes that they can overcome whatever obstacles come their way then they’re more likely than a pessimistic person who thinks nothing good ever comes from hard work or perseverance….
Optimism can be learned
Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” This quote doesn’t exactly conjure up images of a bright-eyed optimist, and yet Nietzsche himself was a self-proclaimed fan of optimism, going so far as to say that it was “the only reasonable attitude for man.”
But how can someone who recognizes that “to live is to suffer” be truly optimistic? Perhaps the answer lies in his explanation of how he came to this conclusion: “I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” In other words, pessimistic thinking may be inevitable—but it does not have to define you.
The good news about optimism is that it can be learned; we all have the choice whether or not we allow negative thoughts and feelings into our lives. So when you find yourself dwelling on things like your lack of progress on an important goal or a recent setback with your health (both real life examples), you have the power within you to change your mindset and decide that this particular situation will turn out okay after all—or even better than okay!
Learning to be optimistic
Optimism is a trait most people wish they could master. We know that it can boost our health, happiness, and confidence, but how exactly do we get there? In this guide to optimism, we’ll show you how to work the art into your daily routine:
- What is optimism?
Optimism starts with an open mind and an optimistic outlook on life. It’s about embracing the opportunity for growth and progress in any situation or circumstance, because most things have a silver lining (you just have to look for it). Think of a pessimist as someone who believes that everything that goes wrong is the end of the world; an optimist believes that everything can go right.
- How can optimism help me?
Optimists tend to be happier and more successful than those with pessimistic personalities—allowing them to see mistakes as lessons rather than failures. Optimists also typically have a higher level of self-esteem than their pessimistic counterparts, which translates into more confidence in their abilities to take on new challenges or handle tough situations effectively when they arise. This isn’t meant to say that pessimists are generally weak or ineffective; instead it’s just important to remember that no one is immune from mistakes or setbacks while still maintaining an optimistic outlook in life overall.
Kind and Warmest Regards
Dhamma Tāpasā* (Andrew Hallas)
*Dhamma Tāpasā is a fully trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. The creator of the highly acclaimed “The Four Trees” a story of learning how we can all live a more fulfilled and content lifestyle. Now a Life Changing and inspirational Positive Mind Transformative Guide, Mindfulness Trainer, Published Author and the creator of The Revive & Thrive – A Positive Mind Training
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