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The simple act of thinking optimistically can improve your health and wellness
The simple act of positive thinking can improve your health and wellness
Putting a stop to negative thinking and learning to view things from a positive perspective can have a profound effect on your health and your work life.
The simple act of maintaining an optimistic outlook has been linked to lower rates of anxiety and depression, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stronger immune systems and a longer life expectancy.
An optimistic outlook can also have a positive influence at work, leading to increased job satisfaction and improved outcomes.
The difference between a pessimist and an optimist lies in how they interpret events.
Pessimists see positive events as temporary and limited, and bad events as permanent and far-reaching, while optimists see things in reverse. Optimists see positive events as permanent and far-reaching, and bad events as temporary and limited. Optimists also look for an external cause for events, while pessimists tend to blame themselves.
Optimism isn’t denial. It means taking positive action to overcome setbacks rather than accepting defeat. Approaching challenges or failures as learning experiences teaches you strategies and coping methods that can boost your skills and keep you healthy, happy and productive.
Optimism can be learned. Here are some tips to help you learn to accentuate the positive:
Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.