Optimism is a force to be reckoned with. It’s the self-fulfilling spark that turns challenges into opportunities and the impossible into the inevitable. It can get a family back on its feet and send a man to the moon. But these days, optimism is under attack and pessimism seems intent on taking over. Yet we believe a change in perspective changes everything.
Research shows that choosing optimism can be a catalyst to better physical, emotional and even financial health. So, with 150 years of practical experience helping people succeed at our backs, we are leaning into that choice like never before in order to make people’s lives better. And while we don’t know exactly where this leads, we know that together the possibilities are endless.
Our Tactics for Optimism
Generosity is perhaps the ultimate win-win scenario for creating optimism. The recipients of generosity feel empowered, less alone and less isolated. And as the giver, you reap positive emotional benefits that beg you to do it again.
Studies show that despite being more connected than ever, people feel more isolated than ever. Community and the personal connections that come from it are integral to growing optimism.
Our efforts will be steered by research, partnerships, innovations and insights. And we want to share all of that with you in open, honest and inspired ways to further shift what we’re capable of doing together.
Optimists are more likely to be successful at their jobs, make more money and be more satisfied with their career path.
Optimists have shown to be more physically and mentally resilient, even during extraordinarily traumatic life circumstances or medical situations.
Optimists are more likely to be proactive during uncertain times, appear more likeable and capable to others and be highly engaged in their jobs.
Optimists are less likely to have high blood pressure or diabetes and more likely to live longer, healthier lives.
Optimists tend to be more committed to their financial goals, save more money and manage debt better.
A 2017 study published in the Psychological Bulletin showed a 33% increase in socially prescribed perfectionism.
The results of a 2017 survey from the American Psychological Association show that Americans just broke the stress record.
The results of a 2016 survey on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association shows that 72% of Americans experience loneliness.
A 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center showed only 37% of Americans believe today’s children will grow up to be better off financially than their parents.