I have always believed you can group people into two categories. Those that seem to always view life as a glass half empty or those that view life as a glass that is half full… We all know them the extremes of each category. Those that do not seem to be able to be happy unless something is going wrong in their life and those that no matter how bad the circumstance they always have a smile.
I guess we can basically call these people optimist and pessimist.
Most of us are in the middle. In other words, we have a good days and our bad days…
Being an optimist or a pessimist boils down to the way we talk to our self. Optimists believe that their own actions result in positive things happening, that they are responsible for their own happiness, and that they can expect more good things to happen in the future. Optimists don’t blame themselves when bad things happen. They view bad events as results of something outside of their control.
Pessimists think the opposite way, however. They blame themselves for the bad things that happen in their lives and think that one mistake means more will inevitably come. Pessimists see positive events as flukes that are outside of their control—a lucky streak that probably won’t happen again.
I truly believe optimists have much brighter futures. A bad circumstance or event is taken in stride, viewed as a temporary setback—not a permanent way of life. Even if something bad happens today, a positive thinker believes that good things will come again in the near future.
Optimists tend to have positive characteristics that increase overall happiness and promote health, while reducing depression and stress.
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! Positive thoughts, an optimistic outlook, and overall happiness can advance your prospects, relationships and other life experiences.
So lets all put on a great big smile!