Optimistic People Live Longer.

Via on Oct 19, 2010

I See the Glass As Half Full

My co-workers often comment on how cheerful I am in the office. I’ve learned to tone down my enthusiasm around some of them that arrive at 8:30 a.m., but wheels don’t turn until about noon. I attribute my cheerfulness to my rah-rah years of being a cheerleader at Boulder High School, which has resulted in me having a permanent smile on my face. This is not to be confused with Batman’s Joker’s smile, because that’s a bit scary. I tend to always see the glass as half full, and truly believe my positive outlook on life keeps me motivated on a daily basis. I recently read an article that said that optimistic people live longer and have healthier lives. I would have to agree.

I was flattered when recently, a young professional came up to me at a conference and said, “I really admire you, because you seem to have it all together. How do you do it?” I laughed and replied, “It’s all a facade.” Her mouth hung open and she caught a couple of flies. I grinned and said, “I was only kidding and that I try to stay positive and optimistic when handling my work/life balance.”

Life in general has its curve balls, but if you take each day one at a time and try to see the good in every situation, then you’ll be on your way to living a healthier and happier life. I think sometimes people take themselves and situations too seriously. Uptight people need to relax and pessimists should take up yoga and just breathe.

About Sojourner Marable Grimmett

Sojourner Marable Grimmett has a BA in communications from Clark Atlanta University and an MA in media studies from Pennsylvania State University. She is a stay-at-work mom and her experience in higher education spans over 10 years working in student services and enrollment management. Sojourner previously worked at CNN, Georgia Public Television, and as an AmeriCorp member at Harvard University’s Martin Luther King Jr. after-school program. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Roland and two young sons, Roland Jay and Joshua. Visit her blog sojournermarablegrimmett.blogspot.com and follow her on twitter.

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