The other day I read an article about the benefits of optimism, and I must say, I was quite excited about the results of the studies- and I think you will be too. So I thought, who better to share it with than my fellow optimists? Well, here's what I found: a study from Yale University revealed that optimism adds seven (yes, seven!) years to your life. That's 2,555 days to add on to your life! We'd give almost anything for just one more day with those we've lost, think about being able to be spend thousands more than that with the ones you love! And a study by Seligman and Buchanan found that optimism can be learned. This is really important; it means anyone can change their thoughts, anyone can be a the face of positivity for others, anyone can be an optimist. Even the pessimists can be optimists, and they too can reap the benefits of this positive force and live longer, healthier lives.
Reading about all of this really made me happy. Since I began this blog back in November, I've always hoped that my words could make a difference in my readers' lives and that what I am writing can be helpful, enlightening and inspirational to at least one person...and now this study is proof that it really can be! We all can be optimists!
I wanted today's quote to be a reflection of the great things that optimism brings. Though I couldn't find anything more motivational than adding seven years onto someone's life, I did find a good quote about an advantage that optimists carry with them all the time...
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. -Winston ChurchillSo not only will our life expectancies go up by being optimists, but we also have the natural ability and thought pattern to take every challenge placed before us and seize the opportunity within it. We have the knack for taking a tough situation and finding the good in it, for facing an obstacle head on, for finding the hope when all others doubt. We are standing tall and waving the flags reading "Carpe Diem" and encouraging others to look at things in a new light.
So let's join forces and spread the word about optimism. I hope you continue to take the journey with me through this blog and invite others to come along for the ride....what we're doing can really change lives.
P.S. If you'd like to read more about the studies in today's posts, here are the links to the sources I found:
Benefits of learned optimism article
Discovery Health article
The Worry Free Life blog