There are people in our everyday lives who must have invisible super-hero capes. You know the people who, despite tough breaks or bad luck, face the world again and again with optimism – a belief that good things will happen to them.
Some of them do this facing adversity thick enough that we wonder, “How does she do that?”
Realists take note! Optimism isn’t pie-in-the-sky idealism…
Like any healthy habit, optimism is something that can be practiced! Research tells us that people are born with a 25% predisposition to being either optimistic or pessimistic. BUT! That other 75% is a habit, much like anything else. Which means you can reform habits that will have you seeing the glass half-full!
But why bother? (Um, Eeyore, that’d be your internal Pessimist asking.)
Resilience! That’s why!
Happy people live longer and feel better.
See, emotional resilience is more than the ability to see the glass as half-full… it’s that internal barometer of resources and flexibility that allows you to overcome life challenges while keeping your balance. It’s your ability to bounce back after adversity or disappointment. It’s HOW you steady the ship while the $#*t hits the fan.
Emotional Resilience is your very own invisible super-hero cape. (Has that cape been invisible even to you? I’m here to tell you, you have one!) It’s literally your adaptability super powers. And one of those super powers is Optimism.
Optimism is a feeling or belief that good things will happen in the future because of your strengths and accomplishments.
What we know about Optimists is pretty amazing. They tend to:
So just how do you hop on the habit train to Happy? Here are 5 simple steps you can take today:
As you practice these steps you will build up that optimistic muscle and connect to, rely on, and be proud of your strengths. It not only builds a sunny disposition but it increases your self-confidence, health, and wealth. Give it a go!
Want to know more? Listen to the replay of my More Access to Now talk on Optimism now.
I’d love to know how your glass fills up as you put these steps to use. Leave me a comment below!