Vitamin “YES!”–Make Life Easy with Optimism!
“For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else”—Winston Churchill
As a certified executive coach, I speak with many individuals who find themselves stuck in negative thought patterns.
Although optimism probably seems like a clear choice of attitude to take in our everyday lives, but you’d be amazed how often pessimism wins the wrestling match of how to live our lives.
Constantly, we are faced with expectations not lived up to or minor disappointments which may dull our thought patterns into negativity…so subtle we may not even notice we’re thinking that way.
When we take on the challenge of living within optimism, this way of thinking becomes a weapon of wonder. Suddenly, not only do negative thoughts have no landing place, they also start to diminish. Though there will always be frustrations that inevitably arise, taking on a proactive attitude of optimism…i.e. looking on the bright side of things, tasks get easier and more opportunities seem to arise.
Taking the positive spin on things is not easy, however. If you’re interested in learning more about positivity and in gaining a tool box of ways to integrate this optimism into your life on a daily basis, please check out my upcoming Positivity Teleclass on April 4, 2011. We’ll spend an hour on the phone learning well researched strategies on how to immediately increase positivity in your life based upon findings from Dr. Barbara Frederickson’s newest book.
Hope to hear from you about how optimism and positivity have personally changed your life.
p.s. I always am interested in what you think about these discussions. Please post your thoughts on the blog…your constructive criticism and support is appreciated!
Dr. Lynn K. Jones, Certified Personal and Executive Coach
Your MOJO Maven
Studies show that optimists outlive pessimists as well.
Kymberly, I know it seems unbelievable, but it is true. If you are interested in more studies about the impact of positivity on our physical health, read Robert A. Emmons’ book Thanks: How the new science of gratitude can make you happier.
Positivity really does make a huge difference in our lives! Looking on the brighter side of things isn’t always easy, but it certainly leads to a brighter life, and as Kimberly already pointed out, it’s better for our lifespan too! I know positive thinking has had a big impact on my own life, so keep up the good work Dr. Lynn!