Pessimism is an overwhelming factor in health-related issues and in personal success and achievement. Being tight with money and time makes you tight at the cellular level of your body.
It really is our number one health problem and the greatest deterrent of well-being and life satisfaction.
The answer to research that shows the dangers of optimism is not that you need to be more negative but that you be more effectively positive.
Optimism is a very basic way your perception sees the world. It’s measuring a very elemental thing that started with you genetically and continued with you in your nurturance. It’s a very basic way about the way you see and judge the most elemental events in your world.
Consciousness starts with what we do with the most elemental events in our world.
That’s where we’re going to find out how hopeful we are.
The ego is always going to give itself away, evolve, change and morph and become a “new and different” ego.
But you will recognize when it tells you, “Don’t be proud, be humble, don’t share this with your neighbors, you know, don’t tell everybody about this.” The ego gives itself away when we’re feeling badly.
The ego is giving itself away when we’re feeling negatively. When we’re engaged in believing in the permanence and pervasiveness of bad events, or when we are not giving the good the permanency that it needs or the pervasiveness that it needs, we’re going to experience the ego giving itself away.
We are going to be feeling less than good, or we are going to be feeling the feelings of negativity, feeling the feelings of going into a DownSpiral.
We’re on to one of the central causes of moving into that DownSpiral that is not a fun place and certainly not a healthy place to live.
Pessimism narrows your options and your access to your strengths.
Optimism, on the other hand, is a “force multiplier.” It broadens and builds an UpSpiral mindset.
And here is the key issue: Do you know what your strengths are?
Optimism, especially high levels of optimism that might have a tendency toward impulsiveness, need to be grounded in one of your positive strengths that provide a balance for you in your life.
We learn not to use positive emotion in our lives because of any number of reasons.
I call that “learned-non use of positive emotion.”
We can forget to exercise positive emotion just like we forget to use our muscles or work our bodies.
That’s why we have invented “The Emotional Gym.” It is a way of exercising positive emotion, of keeping it strong and evolving for a life where we are able to feel strong levels of love, peace, gratitude, joy and hope.
© Dr. William K. Larkin