There are compelling reasons in learning to think like an optimist. An optimistic thinking style is a key factor in wellbeing. These go far beyond the usual simplified ‘glass half full’ ideas or the claims of the positive thinking movement. There are now thousands of studies that attest to the value of optimism at all stages of our lives. From childhood to old age, an optimistic outlook confers all sorts of advantages.
By making a few conscious choices in your thinking style and learning to change your thinking you can start to retrain your mind to work better for you in stressful, demanding and challenging situations.
There are many ways to peel an onion. One of the reasons that we get stuck with a problem, unable to find our way out of a dilemma, is that we use a one-size-fits-all style of thinking.
You can avoid the tears by escaping the trap of logic.
I don’t know who starts peddling these mantras, probably people like me who write self-help books. But the author may not be at fault, the fault lies with those who uncritically ingest this stuff and then keep repeating it to hoodwink the rest of us.
Well, not each day exactly, but sometime soon.
Rather than finding out by chance that you are past your shelf-life why not take the initiative. Doing something new might provide a fillip and reignite your zest for life.