Winston Churchill, during one of the toughest periods of World War II, said, “I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use to be anything else.”
Consider, if you will, a time that you’ve known a negative attitude to be productive or useful. Can’t think of one? That’s because other than being useful for increasing stress, complicating situations, and making people’s lives miserable overall, a negative attitude serves no real purpose.
Optimism, on the other hand, allows people to see setbacks and difficult times as a challenge to be dealt with a learning experience. Optimism inspires people to glean valuable information from a difficult situation to be used to better handle future challenges. Challenges are nothing more than learning experiences that help them to build character and become even stronger people.
They look for the good in themselves and in others, and they don’t waste their time feeling sorry for themselves. Optimists find the positive aspects of an issue or an event; therefore, they experience far less stress in their lives.
Studies have shown that stress-related illnesses, and aches and pains, account for more than 70 percent of the visits to the doctor’s office. Optimists are generally healthier, happier, and because they are able to save the cost of a visit to the doctor, a little wealthier.