“Optimism is the belief that good things will happen to you and that negative events are temporary setbacks to be overcome.” – Mayo Clinic
That’s right, there is a clinical definition for optimism.
I can definitely be hard on myself, often bracing myself for the worst possible outcome of any situation. By nature maybe this nervous side of me is part of my genes, but like we choose to be healthy or study hard for excellence, we can choose to be positive.
The New York Times “Well Blog” had a great read, A Richer Life by Seeing the Glass Half Full.
If you behave more optimistically, you will be likely to keep trying instead of giving up after an initial failure. “You might succeed more than you expected,” she wrote. Even if the additional effort is not successful, it can serve as a positive learning experience, suggesting a different way to approach a similar problem the next time.
Self-criticism is 100% not effective. For many this might mean retraining our entire thought process. Give yourself a few minutes today and focus on the positives in your life, and put effort into thinking about all the good you can accomplish in the day.
What song would be the soundtrack to your positive mood? I know, how Ally McBeal of me.
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