- Better ability to deal with work and other daily activities
- Fewer limitations due to pain and emotional stress
- Increased energy and exuberance
- A more peaceful, calm and relaxed state of mind
- Better and longer lasting social connections
- An easier time dealing with life’s frustrations and challenges
On the other hand, negative thoughts may cause you to be more prone to illness due to a weakened immune system and can seriously impact your social interactions. Pessimists are those that see life in a negative light and always expect the worst. When the "worst" actually happens they either blame themselves or go on living thinking that things will always go bad. As you can imagine, this sort of negative attitude will weigh you down both mentally and physically.
So how do you create and maintain a healthy attitude?
- Exercise. Fitness and exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel good and feel healthy.
- Eat well. The body and mind connection is a powerful thing. How we eat directly influences our mental outlook.
- Get Out. Being outside does wonders for almost everyone. In fact, the more contact with nature we have, the better we feel.
- Laugh Often. They say that laughter is the best medicine, and that a life full of smiling and laughing, from whatever cause will uplift you, and make your more vibrant and healthy.
- Get plenty of rest. Sleep refreshes you, gives you more energy, and relieves stress.
- Elevate and defuse stressful situations. Weigh what's important and what's not. Take a few deep breaths. Instead of getting upset, seek out a simple distraction.
- Try meditation. It may be difficult at first to sit still and do nothing, bu you'll be amazed at how relaxed you can feel. (Yoga can help focus your mind and body culminating in this stillness.)
- Get in touch. Cultivate a network of friends and acquaintances. Make sure there's someone you feel close to, a confidant who can provide support.
- Let go. Express your feelings. When you allow yourself room to feel and show emotions, you reduce stress and a tendency toward pessimism. But don't dwell on your emotions - move on.
Although you may feel that people/you have a predisposition toward optimism or pessimism, an optimistic attitude can be learned, practiced and adopted. When faced with a challenge, stressful situation or frustration, make the decision to address it with a positive attitude or at least not a completely pessimistic one. Over time, with practice, you will begin to see that each and every challenge you face is an opportunity to grow in some way, making you a stronger, more positive and ultimately healthier you.