[BYWG BLOG] How You Can Choose Optimism

Just like you train your body, you must train your mind. Choosing to be positive is one of the most empowering mindsets to have – but it takes time and practice. 


Our reaction to a situation elicits a number of emotional and physical responses.


Negative thoughts and feelings can elicit stress hormones that make us feel irritable, cause cravings, and disrupt our sleep.


Positive reactions to stressful situations may leave us feeling calm and in control despite our surroundings. 


Having a positive outlook on life actually affects your health and wellbeing too. 


One study found that being optimistic was associated with a decreased risk for cardiovascular-related diseases. 


Another study found that practicing optimism decreased the amount of cortisol released during high-stress situations.


While you cannot always control the outcome of situations – perspective (i.e. optimism) is your choice. 


The next time you are faced with a setback, take a deep breath, and consciously work to choose optimism. Eventually, this mindset will become easier.


While challenging during setbacks and stressful situations, consciously choosing optimism can make all the difference in the world for achieving success.


“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Ghandi