If you think that optimists are only a glass-half-full type of people, you’re wrong. Optimists lead a much better life than pessimists – they are healthier, happier, wealthier, and live longer. So, if you’re pessimistic or cynical, you should know that learning how to be optimistic can help you lead a better life.
We’re all born optimists, but over the course of our life different stuff happens, setting the stage for cynicism and pessimism. Deep down, however, we all want to get back to optimism. David Mezzapelle, author of Contagious Optimism, has studied optimistic people for more than 5 years and learned that pessimists can actually improve their life by adopting a more optimistic approach in life.
Of course, you can’t rely on optimism alone if you want to change your life. Reality can set in easily and stop you in your tracks but combine optimism with the acceptance of the cards you’ve been dealt and you can achieve anything.
Optimism, like all healthy habits, is a thing you need to practice every day so it can be effective. Mezzapelle and other experts in the field have recently shared 5 personality traits optimistic people have – if you adopt them, there’s a great chance you will overturn your pessimism.
They Are Grateful
According to Mezzapelle, optimists are successful because they find gratitude in the small stuff. Whether it’s for the sun that rises in the morning or getting excited over tiny details, optimists are grateful for every second in life.
Unlike most people, optimists view hardships in life and obstacles as learning experiences that make them stronger, not a bad thing. Whenever they’re facing a problem, they find the silver lining in it and never see it as something bad.
They Surround Themselves with Positive People
Optimists want to have people who share their optimistic views around them. They don’t like hanging out with pessimists as they drain their energy. When they feed off the energy of optimists, it’s a much different picture. Optimism is like a magnet – if you’re around upbeat people, you will feel happy all day long.
They Don’t Listen to Naysayers
Optimistic people never listen to naysayers and don’t take the opinions of others too seriously. They won’t listen to people who tell them they can’t achieve their goals, which is what keeps them positive and successful.
They Are Forgiving
If you want to keep a positive attitude in life, you need to be able to forgive. Let the past die and live in the present while looking forward – this is the only to lead a long, happy, and successful life.
They Smile. A Lot
Smiling every day will create a happy environment that will draw other people in and boost the production of serotonin (the happy hormone) in your brain. According to a recent study conducted at the University of Kansas, smiling has positive effects on our physical health as well. Those who crack a smile every day even if they’re not in the mood have been found to deal with stress easier and were also much healthier in general. So, even if you’re not feeling like it, smile – it will do your health much good.