The war rages on between optimists and pessimists on how we should view the world. Should we see things with a glimmer of hope and potential? Or should we expect the worst and be happy when things don’t turn out as bad as we thought?
Just like every other area of life, different people seem to have their own opinion. Optimists point to the universal law of attraction and how staying positive tends to lead to positive events in our lives, while pessimists tend to write the law of attraction off as a series of coincidences or as something which is simply overhyped.
While I personally believe in the law of attraction and have seem it work wonders in the lives of people around me, there are some extremely obvious reasons to look at the positive side of life, even if the law of attraction didn’t exist.
1. Better Health
It is medically proven that staying worried or stressed is bad for your health. When you worry your blood pressure goes up and your body starts hurting itself. On the other hand when you experience joy and happiness your body improves its ability to heal itself.
Next time you are worrying about a problem ask yourself, is worrying now going to solve anything? Chances are it won’t. Next ask yourself, is worrying now worth the negative effects it will have on my health? Chance are it isn’t.
2. You Get More Done
You don’t get a lot of things done if you sit home worrying about when the world will end or what will happen with pollution/wars/big companies/conspiracy theories/world hunger/etc. The more you focus on what is going wrong with the world the more it will depress you. At most you will find yourself sitting down and researching more and more about something that will make you more and more depressed.
If you insist on focusing on a problem, focus on how you can improve it! By staying positive you naturally start looking for opportunities to improve yourself or the world around you. Because you are positive you also end up taking more chances and trying new things.
Not everything you do in life will work, but if you stay motivated and keep that feeling that anything in life is possible, eventually you will be in a much better situation than someone who has just given up. Optimism gives you the feeling that things can change and that you are capable of doing great things. It is this feeling that leads to action and action that leads to a better life.
3. It Helps You To Get More Out Of Life
The time you spend worrying is time you will never get back. You can choose to spend your time searching the internet or buying books about the latest conspiracy theory or how some new plaque is going to wipe out everyone that you know, but odds are it will turn out to be a waste of time.
Why worry about something that hasn’t happened and isn’t likely to happen? It just doesn’t make sense. What you could do instead is focus on living. Fall in love with life and all that life has to offer. Find a path you want to go down and then venture down it.
When you are positive you can live life. You can go out, do things, and see things that others may be to scared to do. When you are positive you can make the world a better place and have a much more exciting life while you are at it. Stop worrying about things that you can’t control or that may not even be real, start focusing on how you can get more joy out of life and how you can make the world a place that others will enjoy as well.
4. Accomplish More
The more you stay positive the more you will attempt. The more you attempt the more you will accomplish. Do you really want to look back on your life and find that you spent so much time worrying about nonsense things that you never were able to do anything else? Or do you want to look back on your life knowing that you gave it your all, and the successes and failures are your own.
There is a sense of accomplishment that you get by knowing you put your heart into life and got some amazing things out of it. Don’t let that experience go away because you are worried about your future.
5. More Opportunities
What would you do if you were in a situation that seemed hopeless? Maybe you don’t have the money to afford an unexpected bill or maybe you really want a job but do not know if you are qualified for it. If you are a pessimist you probably don’t do anything, you either fail to pay your bill fully, or you don’t apply for the job, and you assume that it is just one of the hardships of life.
If you are optimist you ask for what you want. Even when you know that the person you are asking is likely to say no, there may still be a chance that they will say yes. Growing up I noticed an interesting difference between kids who got As and Bs and kids who dot Ds and Fs.
Kids who got Ds and Fs would miss assignments here and there, and when they did, they assumed that there wasn’t anything they could do about it. So they walked away thinking it was just one of the bad things that happened to them.
Kids who got As and Bs normally didn’t miss their assignments, but if they ever did, they were up there asking their teacher if there was something they could do to gain some of those points back. It didn’t always work, but sometimes it did.
Asking for what you want opens more doors and can turn a bad situation around. The catch is you have to be confident enough and optimistic enough to give it a shot.
6. Less Stress
Being pessimistic leads to worrying and that leads to stress. The more stress you live with the more stress you will bring to yourself and the worse your day will be. Not to mention that all this isn’t exactly the best the best thing you can do for your health.
Stress can easily lead to an early grave, which may be a good thing considering how miserable it is constantly assuming the worse and worrying about every little detail. The best thing you can do to relieve your stress is to simple not create it in the first place. The best way to do that is to think positive and focus on the joy.
7. Create Growth
History is filled with optimists who have changed the world by creating something new and pessimists who said it was impossible.
• It was a pessimist who said “lighter than air machines cannot fly”, it was an optimist who invented the plane.
• It was a pessimist who said “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”, it was an optimist who created the pc
• It was a pessimist who said, “While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.” It was an optimist that made it widespread.
History is created by optimists who decide to give it one more try. Being optimistic allows you to create new things and helps humanity as a whole grow. While you may be able to dismiss new ideas with seemingly logical doubt, it is those who seek out new answers and look for possibilities that create growth, and it is with the optimists that all hope for the human race rests.