Optimism? Heck YeA!

Recent research suggests an optimistic state comes from a series of active inner processes, psychological somersaults.
That’s good news because it means that optimism—like other skills such as putting on eyeliner or hitting a tennis ball—is something we can improve with practice.

How to Be an Optimist

Here are five exercises rooted in scientific studies to help train your brain for optimism.

Play Interpersonal Ping-Pong.
If you serve up a smile to people, they usually bounce it back. Hit them with a snarl, and watch them scowl instead.

Short-circuit pessimism.
There’s another reason for putting on a happy face: It influences your brain in a positive way.

Explain success and failure like an optimist.
Research shows that it’s not what happens that determines your mood but how you explain what happens that counts.

Stack the deck in your favor.
It’s easy to be envious: Compare yourself to those with thinner thighs and fatter bank accounts and you’ll always come up wanting—and pessimistic. But the corollary is also true: No matter how bad things get, there’s always someone who’s worse off.

Learn to shift your focus.
Pessimists can’t stop depressing facts or negative thoughts from poking into their consciousness, but they can choose not to dwell on them.

Soooooooooooo..Is your glass half empty or half full?
Do ya see the silver lining in the clouds?

Optimism: The doctrine that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong… It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.
Ambrose Bierce

How’s that for an outlook?..Wooo doggie.

Truth be told…
It’s all about what you say to yourself when you experience challenges, stress or even adversity.

So your’e a downer? babyfaceani.gif
OK..Here are some free tips. Heh.

Change your stinkin thinkin!
Learn to view bad happenings as “temporary setbacks”. bad-dayani-uddy.gif
Remind yourself that they are most likely isolated to particular circumstances.

Don’t feed your personal helplessness inner voice.sad-depressed.gif

Not all bad things last forever.
Not all failures undermine everything else you do.
And most importantly…Pssstt…. It’s NOT always your fault.

How you think will change how you feel. Trust me on that one.

Change the tape playing in your head. Now.
You can do it.

If ya practice long enough…guess what?
The new optimism will actually become your “default” response.
Now, How cool is that?
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“Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!”
Oscar Wilde

“An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be.”

“It’s better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right.”

“The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead.”
Robert Brault

Now flash me that smile eh?

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62 Responses to “Optimism? Heck YeA!”

  1. Khaki Elephant says:

    My day is filled with more sarcasm than more optimism, but I have to admit that “Interpersonal Ping-Pong” might be a fun game to play . . . even in a non-sarcastic way.

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  3. Pasadena Closet Conservative says:

    I feel slightly better now. Perhaps it will all be OK come November 4.

  4. Joe says:

    I’m a “half full glass” kinda guy and glad of it! I couldn’t imagine being any other way. That’s why I know NOBAMA will never sleep in the White House!

  5. Katie says:

    My cup is quite empty, making a pot of tea now.

  6. angie says:

    I love this, I am ready to think positive thoughts about Nov 4th!

    I am usually a 1/2 cup full knd of gal! :) I have had my moments with the loonie toons.

    Hugs

  7. Wingless says:

    Optimism often clashes and is prevented by my pragmatism. I find it impossible to be a realist & an optimist in the same moment.

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  10. MK says:

    Well said Angel, i already employ some of those ideas, it’s better to be an optimist.

    “Change your stinkin thinkin!”

    i like the sound of that..

    Just so you know, in case you visit my blog and wonder why no new posts, WordPress have put my blog on hold, apparently they are reviewing it because they are concerned by the content i have on it. Hopefully it’s nothing but, i’ll have to wait and see, for now i can’t put any new posts which is a bummer.

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  12. Throwing Stones says:

    I’m trying…Really!

  13. Amboy says:

    Big grin for ya Angel.
    :D

  14. Z says:

    I kept thinking about the election as I read your post.

    I’m TRYING…I’m TRYING!!!!

  15. Joe Gringo says:

    Optimism is inevitably the last hope of the defeated.

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  18. acumensch says:

    Why believe in “optimism” rather than “pessimism”?

    Because it makes you feel better.

    Okay, well, what if optimism is actually falsely leading you to absurd conclusions. Or perhaps there’s a better way of doing something and you could only STOP what you are doing now if you added some pessimism to it?

    The war on terror, for example.

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  20. Gayle says:

    The libs make it really hard to be optimistic, as do terrorists, Angel, but I’ve always been an optimist. I’ve had a bit of trouble holding onto that mindset as of late. :(

  21. Pirate Farmer John Peachfuzz says:

    Ahoy there Capn’ Angel!

    Just wanted to crawl up the hawsepipe to wish the Cap’n of one of the finest vessels on this here seven internets all the best on this auspicious day!

    Fair winds and followin’ seas!

    YAAAAAARRRRGGGHHH!!!!

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  23. Debbie says:

    I’m a glas 99% full type person Angel

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  28. LomaAlta says:

    Nice post Angel. We all need to be reminded of this once in a while.

  29. tapline says:

    Angel, Great Post, as usual…….I keep saying it over and over,,,,I’m optimistic,,,,and it still doesn’t work……..stay well…..

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  34. MountainSage says:

    I’m afraid I can’t even find the glass right now.

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  36. Kristina says:

    I’m an eternal optimist. But, I discovered that my youngest son is even more of an optimist. He recently told me that his bottle was not empty, it was “full of air”.

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    I’m back! My electricity is back on after a whole week of Ike coming to Cincinnati and knocking us right off the grid!

    Faith the size of a mustard seed, eh, Angel? :)

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    What I want to know is who drank half of my water?

    :lol:

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  48. Defiant_Infidel says:

    A REALLY good post… as timely for me individually as it is for all of us… now… anytime… all times. Your words and communicated over view once again help to prop us all up in the face of uncertainty. You just always do that so well, Angel.

    I am torn by worry about the number of us who can clearly see, think and vote accordingly in November… vs. the incredible burst of encouragement and possibilities that have come from the appearance of Sarah Palin. She is surely the anti-lib balancing weight to square McCain’s naturally sloping shoulders.

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