Optimism is described as “an outlook on life such that one maintains a view of the world as a positive place.” Some would call this naive. But there is no doubt that having a positive outlook leads to a happier life. So why are so many people negative?
It’s easy to be negative and cynical. Instead of trying to change for the better, a negative individual embraces the bad things about themselves with open arms. Instead of viewing others accomplishments with pride and respect, a negative person inwardly curses another who has out accomplished themselves.
What’s the harm in optimism? A few extra wrinkles from smiling all day? strange looks as you skip down the street? These are minor when compared to the amazing advantages of waking up everyday and saying something positive in the mirror.
Optimism takes work. It means rewriting ingrained habits that we may have had for years. It means overcoming the negative influences of so called friends. Most of all it means change.
But change is good!!