The predominant quality of successful people is optimism. Your level of optimism is the very best predictor of how happy, healthy, wealthy and long-lived you will be.” ~ Brian Tracy

Exercise Optimism Definition: Taking a proactive perspective of hope and possibility.

Importance: By employing a habit of optimism, people take ownership. They generate new options, invent solutions to “unsolvable” problems — and they are healthier, have stronger relationships, do better at work, and are more resilient. 

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imgresExample: If you have a disagreement with a coworker, a perspective of optimism can be a game changer. Instead of thinking, my coworker is this or that, and they won’t change anyway so there is nothing I can do, a person using optimism chooses to think that the disagreement was one specific event, which can be discussed after some time passes, and that they can work on communicating better with that coworker.

Exercising optimism helps you take ownership of your reactions. It makes people happy, which has a host of other positive effects. We use the term EXERCISE because it takes work — actively seeking out a perspective of possibility.

The Components of Exercise Optimism

Six Seconds’ Emotional Intelligence test, SEI, explores three dimensions to Exercise Optimism: duration, scope and power. For example, imagine someone had a car crash:

How long will the problem last?
Pessimistic: “It’s going to take SUCH a long time for my broken ribs to heal, and the car will never be the same.”
Optimistic: “It’s going to take months for my broken ribs to heal, it’s a long time, but it’s not forever.”

How widespread is the problem?
Pessimistic: “I can’t do anything until I’m better, my whole life is on hold.”
Optimistic: “I definitely can’t do sports for awhile, but I will catch up on some reading, and I will be able to work on my writing.”

Is there anything I can do about the problem?
Pessimistic: “This was a freak accident that happened to me, and I just have to hope for a miracle.”
Optimistic: “I better learn to drive more carefully next time. For now, I’m going to focus on taking care of myself and doing my physical therapy.”

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Emotional Intelligence Articles about Exercise Optimism

How to Be More Optimistic: 3 Vital Questions

By: Michael Miller on May 22, 2017 | 4 comments
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" make_fullwidth="on" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" custom_width_percent="80px" use_custom_gutter="off" allow_player_pause="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="on" make_equal="off" parallax_1="off" parallax_method_1="off"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" header_font_size="30" header_letter_spacing="0" header_line_height="1" text_letter_spacing="0" text_line_height="1.7" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_width="1" border_style="solid"] Do you want to know how to be more optimistic? Many of us have the feeling that we should be more optimistic, but how, specifically, can you make it happen? This article offers concrete steps for bringing out the optimist in you. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="Section" fullwidth="on" specialty="off" transparent_background="off" allow_player_pause="off" inner_shadow="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="on" make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on"…

 

The Enthusiasm of the Desperate

By: Anabel Jensen on May 1, 2017 | 4 comments
EQ can help us achieve our goals and get through hard times, even cold, wet, and trapped in the shower.  How can EQ help us stay optimistic and make new habits? When we exercise optimism, shifting from powerless to powerful, we take on new challenges, and make positive change. Since co-founding 6seconds.org in 1997, I’ve found myself so much more aware, on a daily basis, of how emotional intelligence can help us move forward, solve problems, mend fences, and even see…

 

How to Practice Emotional Intelligence: Tips for Choice (updated for 2017)

By: Joshua Freedman on April 30, 2017 | 11 comments
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Feeling Stressed? It’s a Laughing Matter

By: Anabel Jensen on November 22, 2016 | 4 comments
Stress is on the rise – especially after the recent election. Fortunately, a bit of emotional intelligence will help you dissolve stress the fun way: Humor! Here’s how to use emotional intelligence to fuel laughter to manage stress. When Was the Last Time You Laughed? The terribly stressful events of recent weeks--I write in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election--might see some of us sinking into despair and to worry for our futures and those of our loved ones and…

 

Back to School with Hope, Optimism, and, Maybe, Something More?

By: Joshua Freedman on August 17, 2016 | 8 comments
I always loved+dreaded this back-to-school time of year. Dreaded because it meant the end of lazy afternoons stretching from freedom to boredom. But more, loved, because as a child (later as a teacher), a new school year meant a clean slate - infinite possibility - even redemption: Maybe this year will be better? Back to School with a Clean Slate I love that expression: "A clean slate." I guess back in the day, slates got choked with the dust of diligent work. In my childhood,…

 

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Exercise Optimism

By: Michael Miller on August 11, 2016 | 4 comments
The predominant quality of successful people is optimism. Your level of optimism is the very best predictor of how happy, healthy, wealthy and long-lived you will be." ~ Brian Tracy Exercise Optimism Definition: Taking a proactive perspective of hope and possibility. Importance: By employing a habit of optimism, people take ownership. They generate new options, invent solutions to "unsolvable" problems -- and they are healthier, have stronger relationships, do better at work, and are more resilient.  Example: If you have a disagreement…

 

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Recommended Tools

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life: In this groundbreaking guide, outlines easy-to-follow techniques that have helped thousands of people rise above pessimism and the depression that accompanies negative thoughts.

EQ for Families: Optimism Workshop: Deliver essential lessons on optimism and raising resilient children with this dynamic, effective module. Optimism is a learned way of thinking — and optimists live longer, are happier, healthier, have longer-lasting relationships, and are more successful!

The Optimistic Child: An excellent guide for parents committed to raising a child who has learned to create a positive future.

A Teacher’s Daily Dose of Optimism: This book is dedicated to the educators of the world who need encouragement. Its purpose is to help teachers keep the fire and passion for teaching alive by providing daily support, plus a specific tip for caring for one’s self.

Michael Miller

Michael Miller

EQ Librarian at Six Seconds
Michael Miller is a writer and contributor for Six Seconds- The Emotional Intelligence Network. He is passionate about living a balanced, healthy life and helping others to do the same. You can reach him at [email protected]
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