Becoming Optimistic

In an article from The New York Times, Susan Shain offers science-backed ways to become more optimistic. Shain quotes author and psychologist Martin Seligman, explaining:

“Another evidence-based approach to boost your optimism is to intentionally counteract your extremely negative predictions with extremely positive ones…Let’s say you have a doozy of a fight with your partner. She leaves the house, slamming the door on the way out. If you’re like many humans, Dr. Seligman said you’ll naturally be attracted to the ‘most catastrophic interpretation’: This is the end, I’m unlovable, I’m going to die alone. As a counterbalance, imagine the least catastrophic interpretation, too…Between those two poles is where you’ll find the sweet spot — the realistic interpretation.”

Read “How to Be More Optimistic” here

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