Are You Hardwired for Optimism?Jul 28, 2021
You may have suspected this...
The human brain is hard-wired for optimism. We may be jaded by what we see in the news, but studies show: When asked about our own prospects for the future, we skew positive the majority of the time.
I read an article recently in a special edition of Time Magazine that explained why optimism is a necessary evolutionary catalyst:
"To make progress, we need to be able to imagine alternative realities - better ones - and we need to believe we can achieve them."
What if you were born "hardwired for hope"?
What if optimism is our default mindset?
What if we let go of worry and stop obsessing over worst-case scenarios? What if, instead, we give ourselves permission to be the idealists that we were born to be?
Aside from the sheer joy of #whatifupping with a community of upbeat, inspiring people, the value of cultivating and multiplying a positive mindset is tangible:
Optimists at 40% more likely than pessimists to get a work promotion within the next year. They are also 5X less likely to get burned out.
Optimists have less stress, better health, and longer lives. In fact, optimists are more than 50% more like to reach the age of 85 than their curmudgeon counterparts.
Whether you're feeling knocked down by the circumstances in your life and are looking for a place to go for an emotional boost...
Or you have spent years cultivating a positive mindset, and want to put it to use to create a better life and a better world...
We can do this better when we come TOGETHER.
Take a peek at all the happenings in our community and reconnect with the hope, the joy and the enthusiasm that is your birthright. Your brain will thank you for it!
*** Stats are from "The Power of Positive Thinking: Why Attitude Matters", a Special Edition of Time Magazine, 2021.
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