If you have been placed second in a writing contest, would you jump for joy and push for better results the next time or would you be discouraged and never to join again? In life, you always have choices. You may choose to be pessimistic and live a self-defeated life or you may choose to be optimistic and take a challenging and fulfilling life.
A positive outlook can increase the body’s ability to fight disease.
Optimism has been linked to positive mood, good morale, good health, and long life that enhances academic, athletic, military, occupational, popularity, and political success. Optimists expect the best. The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe bad events that will last a long time and will undermine everything they do.
The truth is optimists are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world. What differs is the way they explain their misfortune, it’s the opposite way. They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback, that its causes are confined to this one case.