For years, you’ve been extolling the “glass half-full” viewpoint to your clients as the optimal life path. Now, a study in the November Psychological Bulletin (2005; 131(6), 803-855) adds credence to your Pollyanna approach.
Where does your professional pilgrimage lead you? Did you know that in 2004, more than 13 million Americans were practicing yoga or tai chi and more than 9.6 million were doing Pilates (Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association)?
Here’s another reason to help clients see the bright side: optimism has been associated with better health outcomes in patients with ischemic heart disease, and with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease and death.
Cell phones, ring tones, voice mail, iPods, CNN, talk radio, traffic, clients, kids, family, friends—our lives can get so noisy that we barely remember what silence feels like. And if we do get a bit of quiet time, our internal chatter (“When am I going to get to the grocery store?” “Should I take that Pilates class?” “Why didn’t I tell him what I really think?”) isn’t just loud—it’s exhausting.