Whether or not you see the glass as half full or half empty, according to recent studies, most of us are inherently optimistic. And that’s important. Because the more optimistic we are, the more resilient we are. When we rebound faster from setbacks (aka: the rollercoaster of life) we are generally happier, healthier and more successful. Anyone who’s ever tried to excel at anything needs to be optimistic, or why put in all that effort? Risk is part of the deal, so as long as you can handle the disappointment and obstacles along your path, you’re far better off with a positive attitude than in preparing yourself for defeat.

Being optimistic doesn’t mean that you rely on things ‘just working out’; in fact, it means pretty much the opposite. When you believe in a positive outcome, you’re able to channel more of your vital energy and drive into everything you do. Whether you’re trying to achieve a personal goal, to recover from or heal a failed relationship, or to overcome illness – how you think largely affects what you do and what happens next. Believing in a positive outcome largely affects its realization.

optimistic happy smileWe all have moments in life when we feel defeated, depressed or temporarily lost. During these times, it’s helpful to acknowledge our blessings and to be grateful for them. There’s no instant recipe to becoming resilient, but it’s hard to stay negative and depressed when you’re deeply aware of the luck you’ve had in other areas of life. Gratitude and awareness help us recover our hope, optimism, and internal strength – all of which we need to not only ‘get through’ hard times, but to evolve through our experiences.

Connect with your personal optimism to empower yourself. There will always be someone out there to dismiss your positive outlook and to challenge your conviction. The reason this happens, more often than not, has little or nothing to do with you, and everything to do with the person speaking. So don’t be deterred. Studies have shown, over and over again, that optimism has a clear positive impact in every facet of life.   Don’t look around you, look within. Give your all, power through the tough times, while always knowing in your heart, mind and soul, that brighter days lie ahead.

* Song to get you in the mood: 


Clean Bandit’s song,  “Rather Be” feat. Jess Glynne.

No better place to be than holding on to what (and whom) you love.