Optimists tend to lead healthier lifestyles and have a better social support network than pessimists. They’re also likely to describe news using positive language and believe that the future will be better than today.
Pessimists are likely to blame themselves for mistakes, that the situation is unlikely to improve and think that life is likely to be worse in the future.
Can optimism be learned?
Look on the bright side, pessimists! You can learn how to be more optimistic and gain all of the benefits that optimists enjoy.
Write down a list of things you’ve achieved in your life or career, however big or small. Make a note of compliments people have paid you too and when you’re feeling negative, just remind yourself how great you are.
Ask yourself positive questions
You can change your view of a situation by asking yourself three questions: What is positive or good about this situation? What can I learn from this situation? What opportunities does this situation give me. By asking ourselves questions, we can change our views. You can find more great tips on The Positivity Blog.
Spend time with optimistic people
Spending time with people who make you feel good about yourself and life in general will improve your self-esteem and give you a more positive outlook.
When faced with a problem, instead of panicking or wondering how you got into this mess, think about how you might be able to fix it or improve the situation in the future.
Imagine it’s the end of the world
Yes, really. Think about the worst situation that could happen to you as a result of the problem you’re facing, then make it ridiculous and over the top. For example: “If I forget to send that email, I’ll lose my job and then my home, and I’ll be forced live in the woods with a family of squirrels and eat acorns.” You’ll realise that nothing as bad as the crazy scenario you’ve envisaged can possibly happen to you and will feel much better.
Secrets of the world’s happiest people
Scandinavian countries always seem to top the happiness charts. Denmark – the champions of hygge – has led the pack for many years, but Norway jumped to the number one spot on the World Happiness Report in 2017.
The report ranks happiness based on a range of factors including life expectancy, generosity and trust.