“Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one sees the stars.”- Frederick Langbridge, A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts
If you come second in a writing competition, will you be pleased and strive for better results next time, or will you be discouraged and find an excuse not to enter again?
In life, you are always spoiled for choice. You can choose to take a pessimistic view and lead a life in which you are inferior to yourself, or you can take the optimist’s path and lead a challenging and fulfilling life.
So why cultivate an optimistic outlook? And why right now?
Well, optimism is associated with positive mood and good morale, with academic, sporting, military, professional and political success, with popularity, with good health and even with long life and freedom from trauma.
On the other hand, rates of depression and pessimism have never been higher. Middle-aged adults are just as affected as younger people. The average age of onset has fallen from 30 to 15 years. It is no longer a middle-aged housewife’s disease, but also a teenager’s disease.
Find out here how optimists are in action and what research shows why it pays to be an optimist:
Optimists expect the best
Pessimists are characterised by the fact that they believe that bad events that last a long time and undermine everything they do are their own fault.
The truth is that optimists face the same hard knocks of this world. The difference is in the way they explain their misfortune — it’s the other way around. They tend to believe that the defeat is just a temporary setback, that the causes are limited to this one instance.