Impacts of optimism
Optimism is important because it can have a big impact on your mental and physical health. According to research, having an optimistic worldview has benefits such as better health, higher achievement, less stress, and longer life.
Better Health: Studies consistently show that optimists have better physical health than pessimists, including a 50% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and higher cancer survival rates. A pessimistic explanatory style has also been linked to higher rates of infectious disease, poor health, and earlier mortality in some studies.
Optimists do not give up as easily as pessimists, and as a result, they are more likely to succeed. People with positive attitudes are more likely to stick with their goals in the face of obstacles, challenges, and setbacks. Such perseverance ultimately means that they are more likely to achieve their objectives.
Optimists are also less stressed than pessimists or realists. They expect good things to happen because they believe in themselves and their abilities. They regard negative events as minor setbacks that can be easily overcome, while positive events are viewed as evidence of more good things to come. They take more risks and create more positive events in their lives when they believe in themselves.