20. Optimism is a doorway to happiness
Optimists are willing to make positive plans to deal with negative happenings in their lives, while pessimists are more inclined to do nothing. People who have optimistic explanations of life typically feel happier, and experience obstacles as challenges instead of failures.
Pessimists are more inclined to blame themselves for problems in life and see them as personal failures, making themselves unhappy in the process.
What to do: The good news is that you can train the brain to be more optimistic. This is known as learned optimism, the idea that optimism is a talent which can be cultivated. Train your brain to be optimistic by making an endeavour to challenge any of your negative self talk.
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