Optimism :)

An Article by Shritika Bhardwaj


Everybody’s life becomes rough at times. You get angry and bitter about stuff that happens to you, but you shouldn’t. Instead look forward to each new day and the possibilities ahead of you.

The Definition of Optimism: Optimism comes from the Latin word optimus, meaning “best,” which describes how an optimistic person is always looking for the best in any situation and expecting good things to happen.

Optimism is the tendency to believe, expect or hope that things will turn out well. Even if something bad happens, like the loss of a job, an optimist sees the silver lining.

The emerging field of positive psychology studies the positive impact that optimism has on mental health. Other research shows that optimism may be good for my physical health too—optimists are sick less and live longer than pessimists. Apparently, a positive outlook on life strengthens the immune system (and the body’s defences against illness), cardiovascular system (optimists have fewer heart attacks), and the body’s ability to handle stress.

Optimism is a trait that should become more common, judging by Winston Churchill’s famous quote- “a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

We all go through bad times and our thinking becomes negative for a certain situation but luckily, you can change your thinking patterns over time. Even a pessimist can become an optimist with enough practice! All you need to do is to reframe how you define events. Instead of dwelling on the bad experience, analyze it to figure out what good can come of it. Instead of blaming yourself for the failure, think about the outside influences that may have affected you. Virtually any failure can be turned into a learning experience, which increases your potential for success in the future.

Optimism is a skill of emotional intelligence, which translates to a better career and greater success in life. Life is too short to be miserable, so start turning your thinking around! The power of positive thinking can advance your prospects for work, relationships and other life experiences.

Shritika Bhardwaj


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