Are you a natural born optimist? And first of all, is there such a thing? Can optimism be learned?
Yes, it can! Each of us can learn to become optimistic.
And no. Optimism is not something you were born with. It is a learned behavior (or habit). So this is good news, isn’t it? It means everyone can learn it.
But let’s start from the beginning. Optimism is a belief about the future. Optimists believe the future will be somewhat good, positive. They are obviously aware of difficulties that may occur but this fact doesn’t stop them from thinking positive about the final outcome.
As mentioned, optimism can be learned. But hey, this doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process which requires a lot of work and will. First step to success is realizing what the advantages of being optimistic are. Then, you need to assess where you are on your pessimism/optimism scale and start acting.
Let’s go with the benefits. It is no surprise that optimists are believed to succeed in their endeavors faster than their colleagues or friends. They tend to recover faster. They eat healthier. They are happier. They live longer than pessimists. Continue reading