"Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud and one sees the stars." Frederick Langbridge, A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts.
In life, you are always filled with choices. You may choose to have a pessimists' view and live a self-defeated life. You may decide to take the optimists' route and take a challenging and fulfilling life.
Optimism has been linked to positive mood and good morale. It shows up in academic, athletic, military, occupational and political success. Even popularity and good health helps to live a long life.
On the other hand, the rates of depression and pessimism have never been higher. It affects middle-aged adults the same way it hits younger people. The mean age has gone from 30 to 15. It is no longer a middle-aged disorder, but also a teenager’s disorder, as well.
Optimists expect the best and Pessimists do not.
The pessimists believe that bad events will last a long time and have an impact on everything they do. It is their own fault. The truth is optimists are confronted with the same hard knocks and the same events.
What;s different is the way that they explain their misfortune, to themselves. It is the opposite way of a pessimist. They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback. That its causes are not long term, but a single event.
Optimists will focus on and plan for the “problem” they are facing now. They use positive interpretation. They most likely look at a negative experience, in a way, that helps them to learn and grow. They know how to deal with a bad situation because they see it is a challenge and try harder.
The positive attitude of optimists also predict better reactions, during transitions to new environments, sudden tragedies and unlikely turn of events. If they fall, they will stand up again. They see opportunities, instead of obstacles.
People respond positively to optimists. Optimists are proactive and less dependent on others, for their happiness. They find no need to control or manipulate people. They usually draw people towards them. Their optimistic view of the world can be contagious and influence those they are with.
Those who share optimism are embraced, instead of those who spread gloom, panic and hysteria who are treated unfavorably.
In life, optimist often are sought out for advice. When the going gets tough, optimists get tougher. Optimists typically maintain higher levels of subjective well-being, during times of stress than do people who are less optimistic. In contrast, pessimists are likely to react to stressful events by denying that they exist or by avoiding dealing with problems.
Pessimists are more likely to quit trying when difficulties arise.
Optimists persevere and they don’t give up easily. They are also known for their patience. Inching their way a step closer to that goal or elusive dream.
Optimists are healthier and live longer. Medical research has justified that simple pleasures and a positive outlook can cause a measurable increase in the body's ability to fight disease. Optimists health is unusually good. They age well, much freer than most people, from the usual physical ills of middle age. They get to outlive those prone to negative thoughts.
So, why not be an optimist today? And think positively towards a more fulfilled life.
So here is my question... Why not look forward to success in everything you do?
We all are bound to hit lows sometimes, but don’t just stay there. Don’t look at the mud, but look to the stars. As Les Brown says, “If you can see up ...You can get up”