Optimism Works ~ What is Optimism?

Optimism doesn’t mean ignoring life’s stressors

When negative things happen, optimistic people are less likely to blame themselves and more likely to see the obstacle as temporary or even positive. Optimists also believe they have control over their fate and can create opportunities for good things to happen in the future.

Being optimist also improves your health, studies find. Prior research has found a direct link between optimism and healthier diet and exercise behaviors, as well as better cardiac health, a stronger immune system, better lung function, and lower mortality risk, among others.


Why Not Give Optimism a Chance? The changes you experience may provide a great experience for you.

Today’s Health Tip ~ Want to Prevent Cognitive Decline?

Some people are simply more optimistic than others. In short, optimists look on the bright side. But optimism may mean more than just the ability to feel happy and elevate the mood of the people around you. Optimism also has been associated with improved cognitive health.They often are uplifting, fun and engaging to be around. They may also provide an even more important benefit both for themselves and their partners: their optimism proves a powerful tonic against cognitive decline.

Optimism can surface from time to time with everyone, but optimistic people are a breed apart. They believe the best possible outcome will happen in each situation, even if that outcome seems unlikely. They often look for the best in people, institutions, society as a whole or any given social situation. That includes finding reasons to be thankful for their age and not letting the challenges of aging get them down.

And it doesn’t just help the optimist. A 2019 study by the University of Michigan found that optimistic people contributed to the health of their partners. Their optimism staved off “the risk factors leading to  Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and cognitive decline as they grow old together.”


Think About It ~ Try Silence

It’s tough to find a quiet space with so many distractions vying for our attention. When i go to gym or for a walk most people I see have EarPods in their ears. They’re listening to music, podcasts, or speaking on their smartphone. Our brains don’t have a chance to empty and calm down. It may be that we feel uncomfortable with the silence. After all, in the silence we meet ourselves. We discover our thoughts, fears, and hopes. There is someone waiting to meet you. That person will only meet you in the silence. Try silence, I think you’ll discover the wonderful person you are. 

Today’s Poem ~ I Shall Keep Singing

I Shall Keep Singing

Emily Dickinson

I shall keep singing!
I shall keep singing!
Birds will pass me
On their way to Yellower Climes —
Each — with a Robin’s expectation —
I — with my Redbreast —
And my Rhymes —

Late — when I take my place in summer —
But — I shall bring a fuller tune —
Vespers — are sweeter than Matins — Signor —
Morning — only the seed of Noon —


Today’s Positive Thought ~ Searching for Happiness

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes (Andrew Carnegie).”

We all want to be happy. We’ll try just about anything to achieve the feeling we call happiness. Sometimes what we try does the opposite of what we want. One thing is certain, we can’t chase happiness. Happiness happens often unexpected to us. When we actualize our authentic self and aspire to that which elevates us as a human being we discover we are living and working in a state where we are happy. Don’t settle for less than what actualizes your authentic self. Lift your eyes and heart and you’ll discover it.
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