In society, life goes too fast. The importance of how much money we make and what we do to make the money is more important at times than how we feel about what goes on around us. Our well-being and the way we view situations should be as important as other factors in our lives. Optimism and pessimism affects our own well beings.
When looking at life and situations, there are good and bad to be seen. Optimists are people that believe good things happen and are likely to happen (Schneider,2012 ). When people believe that good things happen, they have different opinions on how the world is around them. Instead of letting things come to them, they are more likely to pursue the goals that they wish to achieve (Schneider,2012 ). There are also people in the world that are called pessimists. A pessimist is a person that doubts that good things will happen (Schneider,2012 ). They will not pursue goals often because they do not believe that they have good chances of obtaining their goals.
When considering the impacts of being an optimist or a pessimist, one should understand how being either would impact their lives. It is important for people to be in good health and have good life experiences. These factors could cause one to live longer and have a better well-being. Optimists are more likely to enjoy life and have good health because they are happy with their lives (Schneider,2012). With that being said, they are also more likely to have a positive well-beings.
Throughout my life, I have always tried to look at the good in situations and hope for the best. When starting college in particular, I thought that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. After realizing that I did not want to do this any longer, I had decided to switch to another major. While I was aware that I may not do well in this, I was optimistic that this was the best choice and that I would do well. While being optimistic, I have become more positive about life and done better at my school work. I also have become more excited about my future and want to work hard because knowing I can do well in school allows me to realize that I can to well in the future.
Optimism and pessimism has an effect on people’s well-being. While there are times where people think that things are going bad and feel like there is no reason to look up, people should look at the good in situations. When people are optimistic, they are more likely to be happy and have a better well-being.
Schneider, F. W., Gruman, J. A., and Coutts, L. M. (Eds.) (2012). Applied Social Psychology: Understanding and Addressing Social and Practical Problems (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.