When All Else Fails, Try Optimism

Written by Jeff Davidson on June 26, 2023

In this time of high economic, social, and political uncertainty, is maintaining an optimistic outlook possible or even warranted? You don’t have to go far to ascertain what’s wrong with the world. Plop yourself down in front of a newspaper, the Internet, or the evening TV news, and you will get plenty of evidence. The media, by its nature, tends to cover what goes wrong in society: the unemployment rates, the Federal deficit, and so on.

Actually, research reveals that some people are born optimistic — such people naturally exude optimism to the utter bewilderment of the rest of the population. Optimism in one’s career translates to much more than simply having a pleasant day or cordial relationships with co-workers. Years ago, a Korn-Ferry study, among many others, revealed that the optimistic worker had a significantly better chance of promotion and greater career-long earnings.

Choose Your Path

Although it seems as if prevailing circumstances dictate how we will act and how we will feel, probing slightly deeper shows that it can be a false cause-effect relationship. Brain scan analysis reveals that harboring positive thoughts literally is healthier for your brain than negative thoughts.

Optimism in the workplace is an invaluable trait, with considerable business as well as social advantages, especially for young professionals. Making friends faster and easier adds to the enjoyment and enrichment of life as well.

On top of all that, optimists have the proclivity to engage in the passionate pursuit of their hobbies, and often their enthusiasm is infectious. Those who have the ability to enjoy the “journey” as well as arriving at the “destination” are less frustrated and more balanced.

Jeff Davidson
Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people.