Turns out that optimists truly are more successful and happy than pessimists.
I’m not sure that anybody knows exactly why, but the data bears it out.
Here are two of the main rules of thumb to follow if you want to lead a happy, optimistic life:
- Externalize fault, and Internalize success – I know that at first glance, that sounds like a cop-out, but the fact is, it works.
- Avoid words like “Always” or “Never” – Make whatever is happening, especially the problematic periods, something transitory. Keep an ear open to your inner dialogue, and avoid saying things like “I always do” such and such, or “I never get” whatever. By avoiding the absolutes, we keep can see our lives in a better perspective.
There are a few other keys to optimism, more of which can be found here, but those are the main points.
Try to remember that as long as you have time in this world, you still have time to change.