Atlanta recently found itself paralyzed by a snow storm. Whether it is the fault of the government or ourselves, it highlighted how our community reacts in times of crisis and how we as individuals respond.
A poll by USA Today/Gallup finds that many of us are unprepared to deal with a crisis: 41% of people don't have a stockpile of food and water and 27% don't have an extra supply of medicines. It is important to discuss emergency plans with your family ahead of time because you want to take the “thinking” out of things if an emergency does arise.
But the snow storm also showed us the strength of character of many who handled the situation with helpful, positive attitudes. In times of crisis, we have a choice as to how we handle it. Staying calm and being optimistic (looking at the positive) will help keep things in perspective. It will change the way you handle adversity.
We’ve all experienced adversity to a degree. While we can’t always control what happens to us, we can control our response. Responding optimistically, as opposed to pessimistically, is a learned behavior. Resilience and optimism are within your control and they are also key traits among those whom are more successful in life.
Here are seven strategies to help make you more optimistic:
- Make a conscious decision to be optimistic (it’s a choice!)
- Break up the drudgery by going outside your comfort zone
- Avoid people who drain you of energy
- View every event as an opportunity
- Carry yourself like an optimist
- Lighten up!
- Exercise your mind and your body
Forbes, See The Glass Half Full Or Empty? Why Optimists Are Happier, Healthier & Wealthier! http://www.forbes.com/sites/margiewarrell/2012/09/19/see-the-glass-half-empty-or-full-7-keys-for-optimism-in-tough-times/
U.S.A. Today, USA: Many unprepared for disaster: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-05-09-emergencies_N.htm
The Huffington Post, Work Stress On The Rise: 8 In 10 Americans Are Stressed About Their Jobs, Survey Finds: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/10/work-stress-jobs-americans_n_3053428.html
Wall Street Journal, Winter Storm Hits Atlanta Harder Than Expected, Stopping City Cold: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303277704579349860295826336
The Atlantic, The Benefits of Optimism Are Real: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/the-benefits-of-optimism-are-real/273306/