Being optimistic and looking on the bright side is important if we are to function and function well.
Optimism helps us overcome many hurdles including illness and whilst positive thoughts can be a cure in certain cases, it must be coupled with realism if it is to work effectively. Optimism and positive thinking can improve our lives in many ways but untempered might not work.
For example, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer and decides to decline treatment because she believes the treatment may be invasive and dangerous, and believes that if she changes her lifestyle, her diet, uses meditation and other alternative remedies, she will recover, but she can’t know until she’s come through the other end.
Having a positive attitude can help with our realities whatever the outcome. In other circumstances, an attitude that is both optimistic and unrealistic may stop us from making important decisions, particularly when it comes to health.
But remaining optimistic allows us to explore the possibilities around what we deal with, giving us a more balanced understanding and that is important.