Finding Optimism Again


The problem: I spend too much time and energy worrying about things.

Lately I’ve been chewing on how I can get my mind back to defaulting to a state of optimism.

There are no shortage of big things to worry about (income inequality, housing, the way women are treated in society, climate change, gun violence, and so on and so forth).

There are also the more personal things to worry about, like career/job, family, home repairs, health/fitness, relationships, etc.

I know worrying does exactly nothing to fix any of these issues. It actually takes time and mental energy that could have been applied towards a solution (or at least minor improvements) to any of the issues being worried about.

And yet. I spend too much time worrying about things.

So I’m looking for ways to reduce the amount of worrying I’m doing. Twitter certainly wasn’t helping that effort, and so I’ve cut it out of my life. News sites aren’t quite as bad as Twitter, but they aren’t exactly great, either.

Podcasts seem to be the best way to learn and stay informed without introducing anxiety or outrage.

I don’t have a solution or real answers yet, but I’m looking for ways to learn and be of value to others without introducing more worry into my life.

I guess it’s time for me to listen to The Happiness Advantage again.

Constantly scanning the world for the negative comes with a great cost. It undercuts our creativity, raises our stress levels, and lowers our motivation and ability to accomplish goals.”

―Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work