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What you need to maneuver through a world of uncertainty is a sense of optimism—an attitude characterized by hope and confidence in a positive future.
Optimistic attitudes are linked to a number of benefits, including better coping skills, lower stress and anxiety levels, better physical health, healthier relationships, and higher motivation and resilience when pursuing your goals.
Don't confuse optimism with the toxic positivity of modern-day society.
“Life inflicts the same setbacks and tragedies on the optimist as on the pessimist, but the optimist weathers them better. The basis of optimism does not lie in positive phrases or images of victory, but in the way you think about causes.”
An optimist is someone who consciously chooses to adopt an attitude that he or she can make the best of any given situation, no matter how tragic the situation is.
Some view positivity as essential to coping with the crisis. They take the chance to slow down and reevaluate, feel grateful to still have a job while balancing school and family life.
But, this unrelenting optimism, known as toxic positivity, views negative emotions as a failure or weakness. Failing to acknowledge hardships can have a detrimental effect on our mental health.
Well-being can be broken into five elements:
If you improve these, you will be closer to happiness.
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