Optimism is the key

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“In my ninety-plus years, I have learned a secret. I have learned that when good men and good women face challenges with optimism, things will always work out! Truly, things always work out! Despite how difficult circumstances may look at the moment, those who have faith and move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

There are times in life that it’s really easy to get discouraged and find yourself in a funk that’s hard to get out of. Lately, I’ve been finding myself in this funk off-and-on quite a bit with a variety of different topics.

With lots of trial and error, mostly throughout the years, I’ve finally come to the same conclusion as the one in this quote.

Optimism is the key! No matter what life presents to you, optimism makes it so much more bearable.

I have a few phrases that help me get through the rough days and one of them is “worry causes reason to worry”. Worrying does nothing good, whatsoever, so why bother with it? Our thoughts are very powerful, why risk the chance of making your worries turn into your reality?

I’ve found that not only does being optimistic lead to good outcomes, but it leads to better outcomes than when I worry or am aloof about something.

Plus, being pessimistic makes people seem so negative so it affects all those around us and brings them down, too. I believe that being optimistic allows you to be more you. Optimism allows you to relax and trust and let go of that fear of what will come.

I’m sharing this with all of you today because I wish I’d realized this a long time ago (although I’m really glad it didn’t take me 90 years!). Life would have been so much easier! Sure, I slip up and let pessimism cloud my thoughts, but then I remember that being pessimistic just adds to all the negativity that is already in this world and which is oftentimes what brings me down in the first place! Why be part of the problem when it just takes a change of mind to be part of the solution?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject! Did you realize that optimism is one of the very important keys to happiness a long time ago? Did you have an epiphany or did you gradually realize? Have you tried being optimistic and not had positive outcomes? Let’s start a discussion in the comments below!

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