Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
That age-old question about whether you see the glass half-empty or half-full is an important one. Research has shown that optimists—people whose default reaction is to focus on the good and come up with solutions or “silver linings” to their challenges—live longer, healthier, more enjoyable lives than their pessimistic siblings. For some people, positive thinking just seems to come naturally. Others struggle, whether due to natural Eeyore-ish tendencies or because they internalized patterns of worry in their childhoods.
The good news is that anyone can learn to be a more positive thinker. It takes practice, but it’s well worth the effort. Here’s why.
The benefits of positive thoughts are real. Here’s how they can improve your health—both physical and mental:
It’s also worth noting that people with a positive outlook often attract positive people with their upbeat personalities. That means that optimists are surrounded by good energy from others, which makes life more pleasant and helps nourish close relationships. Those relationships, in turn, help people stay positive—an upward spiral that helps make life better and better!
Want to embrace the power of positive thinking in your life? Try these tips to build your optimism muscles today:
Not sure where to start? You don’t have to do everything at once. Just commit to one new habit this week, and see how you feel. As you master one pathway to positive thinking, harness your good mood and embrace another. Before you know it, you’ll be a bona fide optimist.Back to Blog