Authored by William G. DeFoore, Ph.D.
Optimism is a tremendous resource inside you, just waiting for you to discover its gifts and put them into action. Your mind is always looking back at the past or forward into the future...with occasional brief stopoffs in the present.
When you choose an optimistic perspective, you're deliberately looking forward to good things ahead of you, and that has such huge benefit that we cannot list them all here...but we're going to try.
We're going to look at types and benefits, but first take a look at this overview of benefits...
Planning Positive Events
Projecting The Future You Want
So, you've probably guessed this, but when you're planning positive events, you're making dates, setting appointments and scheduling specific activities. This is where you're taking specific physical action to create meetups and events to your liking.
When you're projecting the future you want, however, you're using the incredible power of your mind to imagine and visualize what you want to happen. This is where you're actively creating the reality you want to experience.
I encourage you to use both of these practices regularly, preferably as part of your journaling practice. Remember...your mind is always planning, projecting and expecting...so make it work in your favor!
Studies show consistently that individuals with a positive, upbeat outlook have better heart health, greater longevity and experience more positive than negative emotions.
In addition to the wonderful benefits listed in the chart above, let's look at some specific ways that an optimistic attitude helps you in your physical, mental and emotional well being.
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