5 Reasons Optimism is the Game Changer

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” — Helen Keller

If you think you’re having a bad day, week, month, year…consider Helen Keller. She was an author, political activist, lecturer, and Harvard alum. Oh, and, she was deaf and blind. Think about that for a moment and let it sink in.

What she credits to her being able to turn her life from the one of lonely destitution that could have been, to the beautiful, successful life she lives was optimism. It’s a powerful force that successful and happy people the world over credit to helping them become what they are.

Below are five reasons why optimism is a game changer and how to apply this simple principle to your own life.

1) It May Help You Live Longer

Research shows that optimistic people often live longer and more fulfilled lives. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

2) It Promotes Healthy Relationships

Optimistic people attract other optimistic people and the bonds that they form are more powerful than just about anything. Unhealthy relationships feed on negativity and hate, while healthy relationships use optimism to bond and solidify. This applies to the relationships that you make at work, with friends and family, and romantically.

3) It Is The Mark Of A Healthy Mind

Healthy minds are happy minds and happy minds always look on the bright side of things. There is tons of research about this but it all comes to the same conclusion. Across the board, the most mentally healthy people are optimistic people. They have better friendships, relationships, work situations, and achieve their goals.

4) It’s Hard

“Pump the brakes! You’re saying that optimism is good because it’s hard?”

Yes! It’s how we grow!

When something bad happens or you’re having a bad day your default is to be upset and negative. It’s easy. But it’s not healthy and it is not the path to happiness. At the end of the day the bad thing still happened AND you still have to deal with your bad mood. Being optimistic is hard, initially, but with it you have the chance to grow, to see things with a new light, and to become a better person.

5) It’s Proactive

Optimistic people are often leaders and success stories because OPTIMISM GET THINGS DONE. Nothing is more conducive to sitting around and not doing anything than a bad attitude. Nothing is more powerful than a person who is so optimistic that they cannot and will not be stopped.

Life is full of obstacles. Each and every one of us has to fight for what we want through trials, and illness, and bad days, and sometimes all of those things at once. When you get to the point that you feel like you can’t keep going — you have nothing left — try to do one last hard thing. Try to look on the bright side. Helen Keller did, and look at what she accomplished.

What about you?