Must-Read: Optimism Reigns Supreme!
Life is hard. Things don’t always work out. Whether it’s your girlfriend, your career, your dreams, or any of your many goals, there’s a better chance of things ending poorly than not. Why the fuck do we bother with this anyway?
This, obviously, is the view of a pessimist. But which came first? The actual events in the pessimist’s lives to make them turn this way? Or the attitude that has them only looking at everything with a “glass half full” attitude? Everyone wants to find that elusive “secret” that will make life more bearable. But really, the answer is obvious: Stay optimistic! Not only does it help your outlook on everything, but according to new science, it (not surprisingly) makes you live longer:
The study looked at 3,000 patients who were treated for heart disease, and those optimistic people with an expectation of a full recovery lived longer than their pessimistic counterparts.
Is it hard? Of fucking course it is! For some people, it comes natural. For them, there’s really no other way to look at life other than through a prism of positivity. But for the rest of us, it’s a constant battle to not get down and depressed and to actually stay optimistic about their situations and the world.
But once you figure out that the only thing to make your life better is a positive attitude, everything will change.
And until then, just fake it.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.