Ana Theresa Williams BSN RN
They said opposite attracts: If your partner is a negative thinker or a pessimistic individual, while you’re an optimistic or positive thinker, it balances the tension or pressure. In this case, there’s certainly a good combination or fusion of the two.
Optimism is a trait that should become more common, judging by Winston Churchill’s famous quote that “a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity while an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Optimism has been proven to improve the immune system, prevent chronic disease, and help people cope with unfortunate news.
Gratitude is associated with optimism and has been determined that grateful people are happier, receive more social support, are less stressed, and are less depressed.
Recent research indicates that optimists and pessimists approach problems differently, and their ability to cope successfully with adversity differs as a result.
Experts said positive thinking has serious benefits that go beyond a perky attitude. According to a recent study from the University of Pittsburgh, USA, women who expect good things to happen have a 30 percent lower risk for heart disease.
Optimism was also linked to a lower risk of stroke in a University of Michigan study. And a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that as they age, optimists tend to get fewer disabilities and live longer than pessimists.
But if you’re a pessimist, you can still change your view. According to Elizabeth Lombardo,PhD, author of “A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness,” it’s actually a skill you can teach yourself.
So, how does one become an optimist? We always say that an old dog can’t learn new tricks, but clearly that saying was coined by a pessimist! Dr. Lombardo suggested the following tips:
Reframe your frustrations. Researchers at the University of Kent in England found that people who strove to see the positive side of things that went wrong rather than venting to friends about what went wrong, or blaming themselves for small failures were happier and more satisfied at the end of the day.
Just say “Thank you Lord Jesus!” Recent research suggests that people who meditate daily to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ have more positive emotions than those who don’t. Also, savor positive moments like notice a pretty flower or get an ice cream with your kids. That helps train your brain to observe more good things.
Make a happy list. Every evening, write down three or four great things that happened that day. A recent study in the Journal of Research in Personality found that writing about positive experiences for just 3 straight days has lasting effects on mood.
HEALTHWATCHING: Cast all your anxieties unto Me (Jesus Christ) because I cared for you. 1 Peter 5:7