We’ve all heard the cliché saying of “Is the glass half empty or half full?” What if I told you that your view of this metaphorical glass could actually benefit your mental health in the long run? It’s true. Being blissfully optimistic can lead to more than a positive mentality. Seeing the glass half full, aka optimism, has been associated with a number of physical and mental health benefits.
Optimistic people experience:
Less anxiety and depression
More effective coping to adverse situations
Greater life satisfaction
Better adaptation to negative events
Lower cardiac risk
It’s obvious that living an optimistic life can reap numerous benefits. Who doesn’t want less anxiety and greater life satisfaction? I imagine the questions on everyone’s mind. “How can I get there? How can I ditch my pessimistic tendencies? Is it even possible?”
I have great news!
We were not born optimistic or pessimistic babies and we have the power to change our mindset.
Explanatory styles are the bread and butter to how we view the world. Optimistic people tend to correlate negative events to external factors. For example, not getting that job promotion because it wasn’t the right time or opportunity. Pessimistic people tend to attribute negative events to internal and permanent factors. They didn’t get that job because they were a lousy employee.
Every situation can be seen from an optimistic and pessimistic view. Just like that glass half full from the beginning. Take the time to really evaluate a situation. Find that external explanation. It will serve you better in the future.
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Author: Angelina Guzman
Hello! My name is Angelina and I am the founder of Peace and Flourish. Here I post about anxiety, mental health, and positivity. If you would like to follow me on my journey, I suggest subscribing with your email or follow me on Facebook. Check out my site here: peaceandflourish.com