Are You an Optimist or a Pessimist?

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Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

Even though pessimism protects you from the disappointments of life’s little pitfalls, optimism is the way to go.  Research clearly shows that optimists live longer and healthier lives.  Also, optimists are much less likely to suffer from a wide range of health problems – from heart disease to cancer.  The good news is that it IS possible to switch sides.  It can be done and it should be!

Here is a story that shows what is possible if you can switch from being a pessimist to an optimist.

John was leaving for work one day.  He usually walked, as it is only a mile or so to his office and it’s an easy way to earn exercise minutes for his fitness team competition at work.  Anyway, as he was leaving, an old man approached him.  “Sir”, he said. “Are you a pessimist or an optimist?” What a strange question and from a complete stranger, no less, thought John. “Well” said John.  “I guess to be honest I do tend to look at what can go wrong over what could go right.”  “But I do wish I could be more positive.”  John was surprised by himself for being so candid, but he felt a strange connection to this old man.  “Good” said the old man.  “Then you can leave your hat, raincoat, and umbrella at home, for it’s going to be a glorious day!”  “But Belinda Jensen says rain and lots of it”, replied John as the old man walked slowly away.

For some strange reason that he could not explain, John ditched the rain gear and continued on to work.  That afternoon on his way home, John was caught in a torrential downpour.  As he cursed the old man (and himself for being so stupid), John ducked into a small bookstore to seek cover from the storm.  Soaked and dripping wet, he saw her.  To his amazement, it was Katie.  Katie and John were much more than friends many years ago but had lost touch over the years due to unfortunate events.  They talked and soon after their relationship was rekindled.  They fell in love all over again, soon married, and were very happy.

Many months later, John and Katie were looking at family albums together when John saw a picture that shocked him and left him just about speechless.  It was a picture of the old man that he met the day it poured and the day he found Katie in the bookstore.  “Who is that old man?”, John stammered, hardly getting the words out.  “That is my grandfather”, replied Katie.  “He died many years ago, when I was just a child.”

John then walked to the window and noticed that it was beginning to rain.  “What a glorious day!” he exclaimed.


Wellness in my Words:

Wellness to me has everything to do with quality of life and the long term happiness of yourself and others. It is the integration of physical, intellectual, psychological, and social wellbeing. For me personally, good health and wellness has much to do with the promotion of good health in others. I have dedicated a good portion of my life to achieving this goal.