Why would you want to learn to be more optimistic? Well, optimists do better in just about every realm. In the world of sports they perform better because they try harder, particularly after a defeat, or a stiff challenge. An optimist can outperform a more talented pessimist. In an educational setting, where a student’s potential is commonly measured by their IQ and talent, psychologists have found over and over again that the optimist will exceed their potential whereas the pessimists will drop below theirs. Optimists enjoy better health, have better immune systems, and they even live longer. Optimists are more likely to win elected office and they do better in the workplace too. So, if living a successful, healthy life is something that appeals to you, how optimistic you are is hugely important and worth looking into, right?
In this blog post I look at the work of Dr Martin Seligman, often referred to as the father of positive psychology, and in particular his research on “learned helplessness” and its antidote, learned optimism. One of the most important discoveries in modern psychology is that we can choose how we think. And, if we can choose how we think, we can choose how we feel which triggers our actions. Optimism can be learnt but it’s not some simplistic repetition of your favorite positive quotes or mantras. This isn’t merely positive thinking. It requires a deep examination of your explanatory style - how you explain the world around you, and the events that happen to you, to yourself. Learn what your current explanatory style is and how to adjust it to best serve you. When you learn to become more optimistic you set in motion a chain reaction that will ripple out into all areas of your life, not only making you happier and more successful, but also positively impacting those around you too. If you’re ready for real results and a happier life, read on!Read More