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. 

exercise optimism quote - helen keller: although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it

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

Illuminate: Who drives you NUTS?

By: Maria Jackson on October 15, 2018 | 0 comments
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" fullwidth="on" _builder_version="3.0.47" next_background_color="#ffe8b5"][et_pb_fullwidth_image admin_label="illuminate header" src="https://d11yoeluzb5ina.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/01133548/Copy-of-illuminate-2.png" _builder_version="3.0.105" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" /][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built="1" _builder_version="3.9" background_color="#ffe8b5" prev_background_color="#ffffff" next_background_color="#ffffff"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.9" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="welcome text" _builder_version="3.9" text_text_color="#000000" text_font_size="19px" link_text_color="#2079b5" text_font="Raleway||||||||"] Hello! Thank you for all of your inspiring, "shedding" feedback responding to last week's Illuminate-- I love hearing from you! José Luis, from Venezuela, shared with me his profoundly poignant story: 'We live in an endless loop of fall and winter here, caused by the severe crisis we are passing through. I think…

 

Illuminate: The Burn Out, Part I

By: Maria Jackson on September 24, 2018 | 2 comments
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" fullwidth="on" _builder_version="3.0.47" next_background_color="#000000"][et_pb_fullwidth_image admin_label="illuminate header" src="https://d11yoeluzb5ina.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/01133548/Copy-of-illuminate-2.png" _builder_version="3.0.105" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" /][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built="1" _builder_version="3.9" prev_background_color="#000000" next_background_color="#000000"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.9" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="welcome text" _builder_version="3.9" text_text_color="#000000" text_font_size="19px" link_text_color="#2079b5" text_font="Raleway||||||||"] Hello there, Last Friday, I woke up crying. A heavy, thick fog filled my brain; my body felt weighed down by a 50-pound bag of potatoes. I wasn't sick. I wasn't hurt. I was burnt out. Every task I needed to do in life, the things that usually give me such joy and purpose, felt like needy,…

 

Decision Making: 3 Practitioners’ Stories of Leveraging EQ Skills to Make Better Decisions

By: Michael Miller on August 22, 2018 | 0 comments
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" _builder_version="3.0.47" next_background_color="#000000"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.0.48" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.9" text_text_color="#000000" text_font_size="20px"] Six Seconds’ State of the Heart report identifies the 3 components of emotional intelligence that predict good decision making. So what are they, and how can you cultivate them? A special thanks to Madison, our statistics intern at Six Seconds who crunched the data, and Tommaso, who manages the publication of the State of the Heart report. Six Seconds is a nonprofit dedicated to teaching the skills of…

 

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

By: Joshua Freedman on August 14, 2018 | 8 comments
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" _builder_version="3.0.47" next_background_color="#000000"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.0.48" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.9" text_font_size="21px" text_line_height="2em"] I 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. The end of August beckoned with, "Maybe this year will be better?" [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built="1" fullwidth="on" _builder_version="3.0.47" prev_background_color="#000000" next_background_color="#423d34"][et_pb_fullwidth_slider _builder_version="3.9"][et_pb_slide heading="Back to School with Hope…

 

How to Practice Emotional Intelligence: Tips for Choice (updated for 2018)

By: Michael Miller on March 28, 2018 | 12 comments
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" next_background_color="#ffffff"][et_pb_row background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" _builder_version="3.0.93" make_fullwidth="on"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Intro" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" _builder_version="3.0.93" background_layout="light"] Do you want to know how to practice emotional intelligence? What are specific, tangible steps to take to respond more intentionally, instead of reacting on autopilot? At Six Seconds, our vision is one billion people practicing the skills of emotional intelligence by 2039.  So I asked our world-wide network of certified practitioners: What EQ practice would you recommend for people to be less volatile and more intentional? [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built="1"…

 

Four Steps to A More Intentional Life

By: Maria Jackson on March 6, 2018 | 9 comments
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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

Writer at Six Seconds
Michael Miller is a writer and contributor for Six Seconds who lives in Santa Cruz, California. He is passionate about living a balanced, healthy lifestyle and helping others to do the same. You can reach him at [email protected]
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