And the pessimist forgets to laugh!
What are you?
Are you a glass-half empty or half-full kind of a person?
What is your outlook in life? Did you know that life responds to your outlook…and that life is a matter of expectation?
When someone lavishes you with compliments, how do you respond or react?
When it comes to living, do you take things for granted or take them with gratitude?
Thanksgiving is the attitude of a productive life!
If something just awful, or even simply upsetting happens, do you blame yourself?
Do you forget and move on or you create a negative lasting memory?
Perhaps a co-worker didn’t accept your invitation to go for a walk over lunch, or worse, she went out for lunch with another co-worker instead…
Do you immediately think it must be because you’re not attractive at all…and that nobody likes you?
If something goes wrong in the morning…perhaps you got a flat tire or spilled coffee on your outfit and had to dash back home to change…
Do you immediately start thinking you’ll get reprimanded by your boss, or worse, fired?
Do you automatically perceive the day as totally ruined and you might as well pack off?
Do you think you must be absolutely perfect, otherwise you’re just complete trash?
If any of that sounds remotely familiar, then there’s a high probability you tend towards pessimism–the polar opposite of optimism, which is commonly defined as the tendency to think that good things will happen in the future.
Being an optimist means you’re cheerful, grateful, and purpose-driven…
And you tend to:
- Look on the brighter side of things instead of dwelling on the negatives
- Highlight the successes rather than being preoccupied with the downfalls
- Seek solutions to challenges instead of constantly finger-pointing at problems
The benefits of optimism and staying positive are countless and include lower stress levels, improved coping skills and capacity, higher energy levels, increased resilience, creativity, improved well-being, reduced pain, decreased depression, reduced risk of heart disease, attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases, better quality of life, and ultimately extraordinarily long life, to name but a few.
And talking of optimism, there are some things you can do to transform your pessimistic thoughts into optimism:
- Start your day off with a mantra, quote, philosophy, or song that gets your mind and spirit right
- Focus on applying optimism to one area of life at a time–career, family, health, wealth-creation, etc
- Stop taking yourself and life so seriously
- Exercise regularly–it’s a natural tonic for your mind and a gateway to the benefits of positive thinking
- Examine your circle of friends–are you surrounding yourself with complainers or encouragers?
- Practice gratitude–embrace an abundance mindset, count your blessings and you’ll always show a profit
- It may be natural for you to point out what’s not going right, but make it a conscious practice to highlight the positive in every situation–even if it seems trivial.
As a man thinketh…so he becomes…
If you see it in your mind, you’re going to hold it in your hand!
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become!
Life is a matter of energy…and the kind of energy you generate within yourself determines what happens to you…
Like attracts like!
And it’s really up to you to choose.
You see, you are confronted with choices every now and then…
And you must choose one or the other…because you cannot have both!
Be smart and wise in your choices!
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