Dalai Lama once said that “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” Everyone strives to be happy and successful. They have become guidelines of our generation. However, happiness is not something you can achieve easily. It is true there are things, mostly material ones, that will make you happy on short term. But true happiness, defined by fulfillment, growth and self-acceptance comes from other sources. It is harder to achieve and even harder to maintain it. Happiness and optimism are more connected than you ever thought. They go hand in hand and play an important role in your well-being and self-satisfaction.
What is the connection between happiness and optimism?
Firstly, you need to understand the meaning of each of them. Happiness is defined as a positive state triggered by joy or satisfaction. To some people, achieving happiness is a life goal. They channel all their actions towards one goal: being happy. The only problem is that they choose to focus only on the material aspect of it. On the other side, optimism refers to confidence you put into believing an idea will be successful. They focus on being productive and finding solutions to every problem instead of seeing only the negative side of it. Both being happy and optimist are states of mind that focus on the positive outcome of a situation.
Some of the characteristics of an optimist person are problem solving, improvement, self-growth and strong relationships. Whenever you meet and optimistic person, you will distinguish him easily from the rest. He is usually the type who will find a solution to any problem, even though others around might seem pessimistic about the outcome. Also, he will always seek self-growth and improvement to his current situation. No matter how bad things may seem, an optimist will see the half full part of the glass. He will learn from any experience without worrying about the obstacles that he may face along the way.
Optimists find it easier to bounce back from negative experiences and lift their spirits to start fresh. This applies to professional life as well. All those tasks that challenge you will only make an optimist push harder and be more productive. That’s because those who focus on optimism choose to be productive instead of complaining.
Focus on positivity!
As the saying goes “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, that’s how optimists perceive every new day and every challenge. Everything is an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and relationships. The connection between happiness and optimism is visible. When you look at all the things that define an optimistic person, you will also find reasons to his happiness and positivity. Long-term joy and happiness come from the ability to take every day as a new beginning and a new lesson you can learn something from. You will surround yourself with people who understand you and support you. Nothing will seem impossible and you will build your own happiness, day by day.