“Optimism is a mindset that enables people to view the world, other people, and events in the most favorable, positive light possible. Some people describe this as the ‘’Half Glass Full’’ mentality.

“Optimists acknowledge negative events, but they are more likely to avoid blaming themselves for the bad outcomes. They are inclined to view the situation as a temporary one and expect further positive events in the future.

While a Pessimist is the direct opposite of an optimist, they predict unfavorable outcomes.

“Optimism has been shown to create physical and mental resilience for people, even those who have been through extraordinarily traumatic life circumstances or medical situations.

Science also shows that those with an optimistic outlook tend to be more proactive, have better cardiovascular health and immune system, and have more successful relationships.

Self Test: Optimist Or Pessimists?

There are three facets of how people can explain a situation. This can influence whether they lean toward being optimists or pessimists:

  • Stable vs. Unstable: Can time change things, or do things stay the same regardless of time?
  • Global vs. Local: Is a situation a reflection of just one part of your life or your life as a whole?
  • Internal vs. External: Do you feel events are caused by you or by an outside force?

People who generally tend to blame themselves for negative events believe that such events will continue indefinitely and let such events affect many aspects of their lives display, this is called a Pessimistic explanatory style. Conversely, people who generally tend to blame outside forces for negative events, believe that such events will end soon, and do not let such events affect too many aspects of their lives display what is called an Optimistic explanatory style.

Becoming Optimistic

Studies show that Optimism is about 25 percent inheritable, and then other factors that affect our positivity like socioeconomic status that are often out of our control.

Fortunately, by consciously altering your thought processes, you can rewire your brain. Therefore, Optimism can be learned by following the stated steps.

1. Change your Perspective: Experts call it “positive reframing.” Make conscious efforts to reframe scenarios in a positive light, the more we train our brains to fire up circuits in different regions, eventually altering our response to negative experiences.

2. Be Conscious of the company you keep: Negativity is contagious. Luckily, positive emotions can be contagious, too. Therefore, it is very important to be mindful of the company you keep. If you are regularly around people who complain, gossip, and are pessimists it won’t be long before you join the bandwagon.

3. Keep a Gratitude Journal: Gratitude fosters Optimism, which strengthens hope. 

4. Acknowledge what you have no control over.

5. Acknowledge the negatives too.


Benefits Of Optimism




Here are a few listed amongst many benefits of being Optimistic:

  1. More Happiness: Optimistic people are happier because they imagine positive events more vividly and expect them to occur sooner. This sense of hopeful anticipation keeps us in a state of content and happiness in the now.
  2.  Better Health: Studies show that optimists are more likely to maintain better physical health than pessimists. Including a 50% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and greater survival rates when fighting cancer.
  3. Fewer negative emotions
  4. Better coping mechanism
  5.  Helps develop better friendships/Relationships
  6. Greater Achievements
  7. Persistence: Cope more easily with stress and show great perseverance in the face of a challenge.

Down Side of Being Optimistic

  • Being overly optimistic can blind you to the costs and consequences of a situation. An Optimistic person can overestimate the benefits, and underestimate the costs. They sometimes make poor decisions because they fail to make an accurate assessment and magnitude of the risks.
  • Toxic Positive:  Toxic positivity is an obsession with positive thinking.
    It is the belief that people should put a positive spin on all experiences, even those that are profoundly tragic.
    Toxic positivity can silence negative emotions, demean grief, and make people feel under pressure to pretend to be happy even when they are struggling.

In conclusion, while Optimism is tilted towards the positive outcome and with more pros than cons compared to a pessimist. There ought to be a balance, which is where the Realist comes in.
Being realistic is the ability to see things as they are and expect the future to act according to probabilities and tendencies.

The right thing to do is be optimistic while being realistic.