This Together We Thrive blog post was written by Lebanon-based Life and Leadership Coach, Beth Conger, CPC, ELI-MP
The past two years have bred pessimism for many. And it’s understandable. Everywhere you turn, you’re confronted with bad news – around the world, about our health, about the planet. Sometimes it feels like you’re drowning in negativity.
The awesome news is that you can actually control how you look at the world.
Research suggests that genetics determine about 25% of your optimism levels. Environmental variables, such as your socioeconomic status, also play an important role. But that means there’s still a significant percent that IS under your control – meaning YOU CAN adjust your levels of optimism and overall approach to life!
Approaching life through the lens of optimism makes day-to-day living easier and more enjoyable. Why? Because negative events are more likely to roll off of your back while positive events affirm your belief in yourself, your ability to make good things happen now and in the future, that opportunities are everywhere and that life is good.
Beyond the added value of the “glass half full” and some pep in your step, there are some very real and tangible benefits to approaching life with optimism including:
- Extended life span. Studies show those who approach life more optimistically, on average, tend to live 8-10 years longer.
- Live more adventurously and fully because you’re more open to new ideas, experiences and possibilities.
- Experience better overall health (physical and mental) due in large part to reduced stress and anxiety, a positive attitude and willingness to find opportunities and creative solutions to anything that comes along.
- Enjoy deeper, more meaningful relationships due to a greater ability to trust others.
- Realize greater success in your career through boosted productivity and creativity
Although it’s not always easy to spot the silver linings, having a positive attitude can help us push through rough patches. All it takes is a little awareness, reframing and practice. And that’s just what this month is all about.
Ready to live life with outrageous optimism?
Register for the workshop which includes a workbook for self-guided exploration and a small-group discussion (Pick one: in-person at the Green Lotus Yoga Studio, March 31 at 7:30 pm; or virtually via ZOOM on Monday, March 28 at 7 pm, or Wednesday, March 30 at noon).