In the last episode, I shared my framework for a Youthful Mindset. A youthful mindset will keep you feeling young and vibrant, no matter your age.
In the next few episodes, I’m going to dive a little deeper into each of the 7 characteristics, and today, we’re talking about Trait #1 of a youthful mindset – and that’s Optimism
As a general definition, Optimism is the belief that the outcome of events or experiences will be positive. It’s also defined as a way or a STYLYE that people understand or explain the events that happen in their life
This STYLE has 3 potential components to it:
In my research on this topic, I was actually surprised by the amount of clinical evidence of health benefits of optimism. Numerous studies have been done over the years that clearly indicate health benefits like, less heart disease, lower blood pressure, fewer instances of depression, lower stress levels, improved immune system and even longevity. Yes, it is true! Not only does Optimism play a role in feeling YOUTHFUL (in other words, having a youthful mindset), Optimists actually live longer than pessimists.
Sooo… you’re now wondering, how can I get me some more of this optimism, right?
Fortunately, studies also show that a person can IMPROVE their level of optimism.
Many researchers and coaches encourage Mindfulness and Gratitude practice, which I agree with wholeheartedly…
But I’d like to take you a little deeper into Optimism and hopefully help you develop your Optimism muscle:
When you find yourself thinking pessimistically (in other words, internalizing something crappy that happened to you, or thinking that because you’re broke right now, you’ll always be broke), stop and ask yourself a couple of questions:
Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
In summary, Optimism is one of the 7 characteristics of a Youthful Mindset, and you absolutely CAN develop a more optimistic outlook.
We’ll see you in the next episode!