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I used to regard “be optimistic”& “have a positive outlook” as cliches and decided I’m much more free spirited than that. For years, I’ve allowed myself to be negative and pessimistic all the time. But life experiences have taught me that being negative and pessimistic are just pure self indulgent. It is an essential life skill to be able to maintain a positive outlook and there are so many reasons to be an optimist over a pessimist.

Before laying out the benefits of being an optimist, I couldn’t help but to look up the definition of “Optimist”:

“An optimist is a person who engages in positive thing, or “looking on the bright side” of things. Optimism is the outlook that good things will happen, even if the situation may not appear totally positive at the moment. This is the opposite of a pessimist.”

Sure, being an optimist doesn’t mean things will always turn up the way you’ve expected it to be. But optimists are stronger and handle setbacks much better. Here are 5 Reasons Why It’s Better to Be An Optimist:

Optimists are positive.

An optimist tends to focus on the positive side of things in life. Optimists expect favorable outcomes and they generally feel good about themselves and the decisions they’ve made. Negative people usually concentrate on the negative side and bad events. You can tell who’s having a better time here. Do you want to be miserable — all the time?

Optimists are more attractive.

I’m not talking about physical attraction here. Of course people tend to be attracted to pleasant looking objects initially. But if a good looking person is someone who complains all the time, he/she won’t win many friends. Understandably, who wants to hang out with a winger? Optimists are generally more outgoing & an optimist often has a positive personality. It is the positive, uplifting energy around optimists that attract people.

Optimists are stronger.

It’s so much easier to be negative because it’s safer. Negative people pick the bad points of everything to avoid being hurt by disappointment later. It’s a sign of weakness – believe me, I’ve been one of them. Optimists overcome problems an disappointment more easily. It’s courageous to run the risk of being

Optimists are generally happier.

There are many unhappy people in the world but there’s hardly anyone who declares: “I want to be unhappy!” Studies show that optimists have a lower risk of depression than pessimists. Do you want to be happier? Let go of the bad things ever happened to you.

Optimists achieve more.

Jack Welch once said: Nothing of any importance has ever been accomplished by a pessimist. The only way to achieve more is to do more.

5 Reasons Why It's Better to Be An Optimist

Very often, optimists are open to more possibilities. Because they expect positive outcomes, they won’t give up easily on the first sign of obstacles. They try harder. They achieve more by trying more and trying harder.

Life is never meant to be easy. But you have your choices through your journey of life. Do you want more out of your life?

If you are not born an optimist, choose to be an optimist.

Have you ever been surrounded by people and yet felt so alone? I was hitting an emotional wall last week and desperately seeking the way out. Thankfully, drawing came to my rescue.

A life drawing class during the week with a great teacher sparked my interest of more drawing. Drawing life models always sounded like a daunting/impossible task to me, especially when the model changes position every 5 minutes. But after a couple of hours warming up and practice, the mission impossible seemed almost achievable.

*** Sometimes you don’t really know what you limit is. Just give it a go and you’ll be surprised.

I spent a restful weekend hitting golf balls and drawing. It doesn’t read like physically restful, does it:). How luxurious it feels to just do something you really like, without thinking anything else and worrying.

Do you know drawing is really therapeutic? What can you do when you feel depressed and only want to paint with shades of grey? Draw.

*** When you are feeling down, take some time out to do things you really enjoy doing and soak in completely.

In lieu of life models, I used photos of people. This Karl Urban portrait was sketched with a 2B pencil. I took this photo of him from the Star Trek, Into Darkness Sydney Red Carpet premiere. His serious look in this picture suits my mood perfectly.

karl urban drawing

*** Believe it or not, motivational quotes can give you a mood lift when you are feeling down.

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Don’t quit, don’t ever quit on believing in yourself.