Positive thinking and optimism may be similar topics, however there is actually a distinct difference between them.
Naturally both help in many great ways. But there are some key differences. Some of it stems from the particular benefits. Particularly in the context of what’s happening.
One of the distinct differences is that optimism is the catalyst to positive thinking. As this article suggests, optimism can lead to many things, especially on a health level as I suggested yesterday.
But again, optimism in general can be a catalyst for other things too. Like these benefits below.
Stronger Commitment To Goals
It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress. — Jacob, Lost
Call it stubbornness or commitment, it’s clear optimists cling to goals more resiliently than others.
Even during times that they give up or take a break, they are still focused on their goals.
In the end, optimists will fail.
Being optimistic doesn’t protect you from that.
However it can be used as a powerful tool to succeed eventually in whatever goal they are setting out to do.
More Likely To Achieve Goals
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. — Winston Churchill
Again, because of the intense commitment, optimists are more likely to achieve goals eventually.
They understand failure is part of the process and things can go wrong.
But an optimist doesn’t get discouraged by these facts and will continue with determination.
More Likely To Feel Satisfied With Life
“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” — Dalai Lama XIV
As a result of achieving their goals, it’s fair to say that optimists lead a more satisfying life.
They are completing the goals that they value and propel them forward.
This in turn only bolsters themselves.
But the key here is the type of goals that are leading to this satisfying life.
In order to get to those goals, you need to be understanding yourself. It makes sense for optimists to develop a sense of awareness of the world around them.
What this means is that optimists take up meditation.
They also aim to disconnect from social media and have a detox day.
Or at the very least they set aside some time to read a book or go for a walk.
“We’ll never survive!”
“Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.”– William Goldman
The University of Oregon performed a test on optimism and found that if at least one individual in a relationship is optimistic, the relationship will be happier.
This makes sense since either one or both are individuals who are looking for something out of life.
This in of itself changes the dynamic of the relationship to a more collaborative relationship.
There is also the fact that being around a positive person does affect your mood.
In the cases of relationships, this can also affect both parties in a significant way over time.
Take Less Sick Days
“It isn’t all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.”– Gene Roddenberry
Lastly, optimists are in better health.
They are mindful of their health to some extent, but this even gets filtered into how often they get sick.
I can attest to this as I rarely get sick over the course of a year. Other optimists fall into the same boat for this too.
Being optimistic about life is entirely a choice of ours.
It’s a powerful way of thinking and can easily be leveraged over time.
Paired with a variety of benefits, you don’t want to be passing this up.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 7 of 91 of this series.
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