Realistically Optimistic: Explanatory Style

Explanatory style is a psychological attribute that indicates how people explain themselves why they experience a certain event, whether positvely or negatively.

Optimists see obstacles as temporary and opportunities for good things to happen in the future and to establish a better foundation for resiliency, while pessimists see otherwise. People with an optimistic outlook are likely to form social connections because they see the good in people hence building better relationships with others.

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Realistically Optimistic

An optimistic outlook appears to be a kep part of healthy lifestyles. Those who find glasses as half full tend to be happier, healthier, and wealthier people.

A recent study came out suggesting that longevity and optimism is interconnected with each other. Therefore pushing forward that while promoting healthy and resilient ageing by eating healthily and exercising, we must also then promote taking good care of our mental well-being and cultivating psychosocial assets.

One of the simplest and effective ways to train your brain to be more optimistic is to practice the "Best Possible Self" method. This method encourages people to make time and imagine themselves in the future wherein they have achieved all of their life goals with no worries.

This technique also involves the practice of journaling, thus, writing down a future day in you're accomplished future life for 10 minutes for 8 weeks will foster a positive engagement with yourself and a sense of optimism.

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“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

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Defensive Pessimism
  • While normally pessimism means blaming yourself for the negative outcomes, defensive pessimism takes this at a whole new level, harnessing the negative feeling and using it as a stepping stone towards eventual success. It makes use of the negative inclination and brings unexpected rewards.
  • It is also used as a strategy by people who want to manage their anxiety and steer away from the imagined negative outcomes.
  • Defensive pessimism lends people a strangely high level of confidence and self-esteem. Their success in the anticipation and avoidance of the negative outcomes make them steer through life in a better way, especially in the formative school and college years.
Unrealistic Optimism

The tendency to over-expect the probability of good things happening while negating the likelihood of anything bad happening is a common human trait.

Studies consistently show that a large majority of the population (about 80% according to most estimates) display an overly optimistic outlook.

A sense of optimism

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.

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