Yesterday they issued the results of some research based on an analysis of over 6,000 people who took their Optimism/Pessimism Test. They found that:
- Optimists are better-equipped to deal with stress (score of 75 vs. 51 on a scale from 0 to 100) than pessimists
- They are more confident in their ability to cope with
hardship (64 vs. 42)
- Optimists rated their level of health better than
pessimists, while the latter were more likely to be have been diagnosed with depression
- 99% of optimists strive to find something positive in even the most difficult situations (vs. 7% of pessimists)
- 97% of optimists said that they refuse to give up, no matter how difficult things get in their life (vs. 25% of pessimists)
- When they’re feeling down, 98% of optimists will strive to focus on the good things in their life (vs. 6%
- When faced with a difficult problem, 98% of optimists stated that they try to look at it from different angles in order to come up with a solution (vs. 25% of pessimists)
- When life gets too hectic, 95% of optimists said that they know how to calm themselves down and relax (vs.
18% of pessimists)
- 83% of pessimists keep their problems to themselves, rather than seeking help from others (vs. 21% of
These are powerful figures for us all to consider as individuals. But if you are in business, you cannot ignore this information. Look at problem solving - optimists are almost 4 times more likely to try to look at a problem from another angle and 14 times more likely to refuse to give up.
It is a good job that large parts of what makes an optimist can be taught. Businesses that want positive problem solvers need optimists in the company, but is doesn't mean you have to sack the pessimists first! Just try a little positive training, and see the difference it can make.
You can read details of the report at: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1163200