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Written by: Lauren Wilson Medical Psychology Center Intern Endicott College
There are 45 different benefits of Optimism….
Optimism is defined as looking at the more favorable sides of a situation, anticipating the best possible outcome. People who are more pessimistic according to Winston Churchill see the difficulty in every opportunity and people who are optimist see the opportunity in every difficulty. It recent studies it has been shown that women in the US who are optimistic lived longer and showed decrease risk of heart disease and other diseases in last eight years since their last follow up. Women who were more pessimistic had higher blood pressure and cholesterol.
People who practice Optimism can enhance their personal growth and look at life with the glass half full not half empty and it doesn’t cost a penny to practice optimism.
It gives you a reason for living.
It reduces the level of stress experienced.
Research shows that it increases longevity.
It enables you to handle and put your emotions in check.
It promotes happiness.
It promotes self-respect and integrity
It enhances various coping skills developed in order to combat life’s struggles.
It forges persistence which is an essential trait required for achieving success.
It creates a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.
It promotes healthy living.
It creates a positive anticipation of the future.
It increases your level of productivity.
It allows you to deal with failure constructively.
It allows you to develop the attribute of patience.
It makes you proactive.
It improves your physiological and psychological well-being.
It enables you to take a balanced approach to life by dealing with the constant negative thoughts which spring up.
It increases the likelihood of effective problem solving.
It gives you peace of mind.
It enables you to generate an alternative, more hopeful explanation for various difficulties experienced.
It ensures you believe in your dream.
It creates a positive attitude.
It increases your tolerance levels because it lowers the risk of you being irritated by little things.
It allows you to develop the habit of being thankful.
It increases your level of motivation.
It builds successful careers by promoting productivity.
It promotes laughter.
It doesn’t give any room for self-denial.
It welcomes any form of constructive change.
It creates positive expectations.
It sets your mood for the day.
It promotes positive relationships.
It builds resilience in the face of adversity.