There’s an ongoing debate about what is better between realism, optimism and pessimism. Realism, optimism and pessimism all play an important role. The debate is still undecided.
What we know for certain, however, is that hope benefits our health and happiness.
Psychological research proves that some attitudes are imperative in life. For instance, compassion is so important in life that THE DAILY MEDITATION recommends going through compassion-training. Courageous people have an advantage too. And you need forgiveness.
But one of the most important strengths in life is hope.
Hope has been shown to make you wake up feeling positive. Hope helps you...
Control your emotions
Boosts your immune system
Improves general health
Reduces joint pain (pessimism causes stress which makes us hold the body in the ways that produce pressure, worsening joint pain)
Is essential for creating self worth
Improves social relationships
Motivates positive action that leads to real life success.
Hope helps strengthen the immune system
Hope improves social relationships (you’ll get more friend being an optimist)
Hope makes you happy
Hope broadens and builds your mind (for more on this read the work of Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology Barbara Fredricks)
Of course, one of the main reasons why hope is important is that life is hard and will kick you in the butt if you let it.
We all face setbacks. We all wonder at times whether we’re going to get by. We all know what it’s like to feel like you’re right on the brink of disaster. And many of us knows what happens when we are not hopeful at such times.
Research Into The Benefits Of Hope
Research proves how important hope is in life. In one study, researchers looked into the affect that hope had on college students.
The research shows that hope is imperative to academic achievement. Students with high levels of hope are more likely to succeed at school, more likely to have high quality friendships, and less likely to suffer anxiety and depression.
It’s easy to see why. When you are hopeful that hard work will pay off, you are more likely to go the extra mile to succeed. Hopeful students put more time into studies because they believe they can succeed. And because of this, they achieve higher results than students with low levels of hope.
Hope Is The Motivating Factor
When you do not believe your work will pay off (when you’re hopeless) you quite logically won’t try very hard.
Imagine going to the gym every day genuinely believing that you would never get stronger. What a downer.
Now imagine that you’re going to get the toned body, you’re going to look and feel amazing. That hope would make you genuinely want to workout harder, and as a result you will be more likely to succeed in your goal.
The opposite of hope is hopelessness. And this is a serious threat to health and happiness.
Source: The Daily Meditation