“If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door—or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.” -Rabindranath Tagore
What Do You Think?
- What do these quotations mean to you?
- Do you agree with them?
- Consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist?
These quotations speak to our feelings of optimism or pessimism right now. Those who agree are probably more optimistic; those who disagree are looking at the world in a more pessimistic way.
Optimists believe that bad events are temporary, that they are related to the current, specific situation, and that the events are not necessarily their fault.
Pessimists tend to believe that negative events or situations are personal failures, are permanent, and will take over their whole life. Such thoughts may lead to depression and resignation.
How Optimism Leads to Happiness
It seems obvious that pessimists would want to become optimists, doesn’t it? Actually, there are many reasons to choose to look at life in a more optimistic way. Some of them are that optimism:
- Fights depression
- Improves health
- Increases productivity at work
- Increases likeability
- Increases life span
40% of our happiness is under our control, and learning to think with optimism and hope is a technique that can help us increase that 40%.