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How to Be More Optimistic

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/18/smarter-living/how-to-be-more-optimistic.html

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How to Be More Optimistic
When you watch the news these days, it's hard not to be pessimistic - and even harder for some people, depending on genes and socioeconomic status. Yet battling your inner Eeyore can have profound effects. Research suggests that optimists earn more money, have better relationships and even live longer.

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Pessimism vs optimism

While we may have many good reasons to be pessimistic, we don't have to resign ourselves to it forever.

Optimism can be learned. Research reveals that optimists earn more money, have better relationships and live longer.

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Visualize your best possible self

Visualize your best possible self

Studies show that imagining your ideal future can increase your levels of optimism. Focusing on your dreams coming true turn your focus away from worrying about the worst possible outcome.

Imagine your ideal life in 10 years - what it would look like and how you would feel. Spend time considering family, career, romance or health. Now write it down once a week for the next two months.

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Accept disappointment

When we expect the worst, we might be trying to protect ourselves from disappointment.

Disappointments are inevitable. We might as well have positive expectations that are occasionally proven wrong than negative expectations that are sometimes proven right.

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Argue against yourself

Argue against yourself

When you recognize negative thoughts, argue with yourself as if it were an external person who is trying to make you miserable.

Present evidence to prove them wrong.

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Put things in perspective

Put things in perspective

Intentionally present extremely positive predictions to counteract your extremely negative predictions. It will help you to find a middle road and put things in perspective.

By practicing this strategy, you can make changes that stick.

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Pessimism Vs Optimism

Pessimism is defined as the anticipation of good or bad things to happen in the future, while optimism is generally considered the opposite. Optimism can be defined as the individual difference variable reflecting the extent of which we hold positive expectancies for the upcoming event.

The ways in which we think affects our health, well-being and success, even though the situations are the same.

Benefits of Optimism

  • A positive impact on many aspects of physical and mental health.
  • Provides motivation to work harder.
  • Greater career success in life.

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  • Find Meaning In What You Do. When you find true meaning in your work — when it’s not a job, it’s a calling — you don’t burn out.
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