While waiting for a piece of important news, being pessimistic has better health benefits than being overly optimistic.
If the news is not in one’s favour, the optimists take a bigger hit on their wellbeing, experiencing great disappointment, while the pessimists do not suffer as much, as they were already ready to take the hit.
6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Willie Nelson, one of my favorite artists, is quoted as saying, "Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." With all due respect to The Red-Headed Stranger, I suspect Mr. Nelson was a little off-base when he said this.
While there's little we can do to change the realities of a global crisis we can change the mindset we use to face them.
Channel your inner lawyer. Verbalize the negative assumptions you make about the future, then dispute them with realistic facts, not mindless optimism.
Turn constraints into decisions. Examine every problem by listing the apparent limitations on your freedom and then considering how you can change them. For example, if you feel a dip in your productivity because of the lockdowns, change the definition of productivity.
The healthiest way to look at a difficult period in our lives is as an opportunity for improvement and personal growth.
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