The Importance of Optimism Essay

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You must decide if you are a glass half-full or glass half empty type of person. As Abraham Lincoln stated, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” But how does someone approach even the toughest situations with a glass half full attitude and are there truly benefits to being happy? Proven by researchers in Great Britain by a study that was published in the Journal of Social Psychology, the researchers provided proof that people who perform daily acts of kindness feel more personal satisfaction and happiness (Dixon). These beautiful acts of kindness can be as simple as holding the door open for someone who is enter a building before you or paying for a stranger’s meal or bag of groceries. Giving people …show more content…
This will consequently lead to a more positive life which Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor for News Bureau| Illinois is quoted as writing, A study that followed nearly 5,000 university students for more than 40 years, for example, found that those who were most pessimistic as students tended to die younger than their peers. An even longer-term study that followed 180 Catholic nuns from early adulthood to old age found that those who wrote positive autobiographies in their early 20s tended to outlive those who wrote more negative accounts of their young lives (Yates). Additionally to live a more positive life, my great grandmother’s favorite catch phrase was, “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” This medicine does not come in the form of a pill or a childproof bottle. This medicine comes from an involuntary physical or emotional stimulation, such as a tickle or funny joke. This medicine comes in the form of choices. Do I want to be a half empty kind of person or do I want to be a half full kind of person. This medicine comes in the form of environment. Do I want to take life too seriously and reach my goals without enjoying the journey or laughing along the way or

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