Optimism as an important aspect of Thriving and one of the reasons I included it when developing the Thrive Code.
The benefits of positivity or optimism have been researched in the growing field of Positive Psychology- an evidence-based approach to helping people move from struggling or getting by to flourishing (or thriving) in life.
Laura King, a professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia, designed and tested an optimism intervention.
She asked the participants to come to her laboratory for four consecutive days.
Upon attending participants were asked to spend twenty minutes writing a narrative description of their “best possible future selves”. Contemplating their best possible future in all areas of their lives.
This intervention involves imagining your most important goals, picturing life after the had been accomplished, with as much detail as possible.
Professor King found that participants who persevered and wrote about their visions for twenty minutes, four days in a row:
This is an approach I have reintroduced into my life. That is reflecting about my most goals, for the different areas of my life: professional, social, romantic, physical, financial etc. I then reflect upon
Perhaps you would like to experiment with this activity also and notice whether you become happier and healthier and also whether you have "ordered your life" so that you are able to step into this visualized future self in reality
Adapted from Positive Psychology Program