The Benefits of Optimism

The word “optimism” may generate images of sunny days and big smiles, but at its core, optimism is much more. So, what is optimism? Essentially, it’s an attitude that believes the future has the potential to be positive. 

Study after study has shown that optimism can positively impact our health, well-being, and success. In fact, optimistic people tend to be better problem solvers, more resilient in the face of adversity, and better able to manage their stress levels. So, when you’re trying to achieve a goal and succeed at something, optimism is a helpful outlook to have. Like most things, optimism is a skill you can practice and get better at. 

Here are some things you can do to get better at thinking optimistically: 

  • Try a Positive Lens: If you find yourself in a situation that makes you feel negative, choose to see the glass half full! Explore the positives of the situation and ask yourself what the best next step could be for achieving success. 
  • Focus on What You Can Control: We all know that we can’t control everything, so instead of getting discouraged when something isn’t going your way, focus on the things you do have control over. By making small changes to the things you can influence, you’ll create a positive ripple of change. 
  • Be Thoughtful About the Media You Consume: Social media, music, TV shows and even books can influence how we feel. If you’re trying to tap into your most optimistic self, be thoughtful about what you’re paying attention to. Consider building a playlist of uplifting content or reading something inspiring before starting each day to give yourself a boost. Keep A Gratitude Journal: Writing a few words or sentences each day about what made that day positive can give you a boost and help you capture small victories. Keeping track of these moments can help you focus your energy on the good.


1. Does optimism come easy to you? 
2. What healthy tactics do you use to stay positive during tough times? 
3. Why do you think it’s important to be both optimistic and realistic?