14 Items for the Eternal Optimist
Are you that annoyingly cheerful friend in your squad — the one that can find the bright side in even the darkest situation? Ditto. If this sounds like you and your glass is always half full, these 14 items for the eternal optimist are so going to feel like you.
Optimists annoy some, but I happen to love them. Even when you're mad, you're happy. You find the silver lining in the worst scenarios, and nothing gets you down for too long. Someone could come up to you and say, "My turtle died, I lost my job at the zipper factory, and one of my feet is bigger than the other," and you'd be like, "I know you're going through a tough time, but here's the thing!"
That's not all, either. Research suggests being positive is good for your wellbeing. In a study by the University of Pittsburgh and shared by Reuters, experts found that optimists live longer and healthier lives than pessimists. More specifically, they found women who were optimists were 14 percent less likely to die from any cause, compared to pessimists, and they were 30 percent less likely to die from heart disease, when followed up eight years after the study.
Plus, positive women had a lower chance of having high blood pressure, diabetes, or a smoking problem, according to the results.
Of course, we can't all be happy all the time — we can't help the way we feel, and such is life — but if you identify as someone who tries to see the bright side of situations, or you are just looking for some positive vibes to brighten your day, check out these 14 things you probably need in your life.
You need to practice positivity just like you'd practice anything else, if you want it to grow stronger. This interactive workbook contains prompts to help you do just that.