With the holiday season now in full swing, a time when the giving spirit captures people's imaginations in countless places around the globe, I'm particularly happy to be part of the payments industry, a sphere full of optimists.
I'm reminded that one huge plus for being optimistic is that it's good for your health. In "The 5 benefits of being optimistic," published in Entrepreneur on May 14, 2015, Zach Cutler, wrote that a University of Illinois study of more than 5,100 adults, found that respondents "who were the most optimistic were 76 percent more likely to have health scores in an ideal range.
In addition, optimists had significantly better blood sugar and cholesterol levels, exercised more, and had healthier body mass indexes, and were less likely to smoke than pessimists." And what could be more important than good health when it comes to being productive and enjoying life?
Contrasted with pessimism, optimism comes out the clear winner. In numerous studies, researchers have found that pessimism tends to make a person susceptible to depression and inertia; optimism leads to vibrancy and action. Pessimists tend to see failure as something to lament and a reason to be more cautious; optimists see failure as an opportunity to make a new start, which could lead to something even greater than previously imagined. Pessimists tend to be suspicious of new ideas and situations, which can lead to lost opportunities; optimists are open to new ideas and experiences, which makes it easier for them to adapt to our always changing environment.
Most of us have a blend of optimistic and pessimistic tendencies, but salespeople in general lean toward the optimistic end of things. But sometimes even those who typically see the sunny side of life need to rejuvenate and boost their optimism. As we approach a new year, now is an ideal time to do that. So here are some ideas on how to give your optimism a boost:
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