Discover how you can adopt a more optimistic outlook
How we interpret a situation and the meaning we attach to it, all comes down to our explanatory style, or the way we view the world. The most common explanatory styles are optimism and pessimism. Research shows that optimists are better able to regulate their emotions, bounce back from stressors more effectively, and even live longer than pessimists. For people who tend to have a pessimistic explanatory style, this activity can help you change your perspective so you have a more optimistic outlook.
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The difference between pessimistic and optimistic thinking
If you have a pessimistic style, you may interpret events as permanent, pervasive, and personal. Someone with an optimistic style, however, may see events as situational, specific, and external.
Here are a few examples of these two different styles.
Pessimistic thinking style
Optimistic thinking style
So how can you tell if you tend toward pessimistic or optimistic thinking?
Below are some common traps that people who tend to view the world pessimistically fall into.
Use optimism to reduce pessimistic thinking traps.
If you find yourself caught in pessimistic thinking styles, there are actions you can take to increase your sense of optimism:
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