I have always been one to think positive from when I was a little girl to now making my transition into adulthood. This journey through college and life can be extremely stressful at times and it’s important to remain focus on my goals. From past experiences I have learned that I work best off positive thoughts opposed to negative thoughts. When I think negative I tend to stress myself out even more and I really know when I’m stressed because my face begins to break out which is natural because when people are stressed their health begins to go down the drain especially the immune system. One of several things I was able to take away from the topic of positive psychology and my journey through life (hahaha I sound old, yet I have SO much more to learn) is why optimism matters and the positive consequences that we can take away as a result of optimism such as freedom from depression, happiness, life satisfaction, academic success, and even better stock market performance.
I consider myself an optimist but at the same time I know and understand how to distinguish optimism from reality. Optimism can have costs if it is too unrealistic. “This phenomenon is appropriately lamented because it might lead people to neglect the basics of health promotion and maintenance” (Oettingen, 1996). I totally support optimism in life but too much does not work in your favor. I think this is an important issue to take into account because these health issues are something that can be easily avoided. More generally, optimism in the form of wishful thinking can distract people from making concrete plans about how to attain goals.
With this being said, lets remain positive in all situations but do not allow it to take over you and overcast what is realistic. Don’t get me wrong, optimism is GREAT but according to positive psychologists there is a such thing as being to optimistic!