Staying Optimistic in a Crazy World

Posted by on October 16, 2015 in featured, Life After 50 Blog | 0 comments

Terrorism, Washington gridlock, climate change, mass shootings, famine and poverty, never-ending wars in the middle east. By now, you may be thinking, “Tell me again why I should be optimistic?”

What impact do these issues and others have on you? How do they make you feel? I know what they do for me: worry about the world I’m leaving for my little granddaughters. Sometimes I feel small, impotent, helpless, hopeless, depressed. Maybe being a pessimistic really is the better and more realistic choice!

When I did started to do some research for the topic, “optimism” seemed too big, so on a whim, I typed in “staying optimistic in a crazy world” and LOTS or articles came up. Seems I’m not the only person who’s struggling with this. A couple titles included: “Staying Sane in a Crazy World,” “Staying Positive in a Freaked Out World,” and “Staying Positive in a Stressful, Busy World,” among others.

So why choose to be optimistic instead of pessimistic? For starters, it’s better for your health – physical, mental, and emotional. Optimism actually has been found to protect your heart, leading to less heart disease. You’ll live longer. Dementia is less likely (yea!), and you’ll be more resilient when troubles do arise. Life is more worthwhile. As my husband said, “Things go better for you; you’re more enjoyable for other people to be with because no one likes being around a grump.” Optimism or pessimism: it’s a self-fulfilling choice. What’s your choice?

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