Optimism is a type of happiness.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) February 27, 2014
The Secret Society of Happy People conducted a survey to discover the secrets that optimists have cornered on being happy.
"Most of the respondents were members of the Society, so we know that they already have an interest in feeling happy, but some of the optimists that responded exposed some interesting comments that would benefit everyone," says Pamela Gail Johnson, Founder of The Secret Society of Happy People (http://sohp.com).
Of the more than 600 respondents, 85.9 percent considered themselves an optimist, but 91.5 percent said that they needed continued boosts to remain optimistic. "This really shows that much like feeling happy, being optimistic requires a frequent dose of positive influences to remain that way. It's not surprising, as our physical health is also dependent on a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and regular physical activity," said Johnson.
Some of the most revealing survey responses out of the 10 questions include:
- On Question 4: How Do You Define Optimism? One respondent answered, "Knowing, internally, that when things are wrong in your world, it's only temporary. Life is all about change, shifts, and continually re-defining wants, needs, and so on." Another said, "Optimism is choosing to define how you view your respective reality." And lastly, one respondent simply said, "It's the ability to see the positive when things go wrong, a willingness to take chances, a love for life." Johnson says that the majority of people felt that optimism was a choice that each person makes, not something you either have or don't have.
- On Question 6: What causes you to feel un-optimistic? Most of the responses illustrated that outside influences affected people the most, not an internal struggle. Of the 567 answers, world events, negative and toxic people, illness, work stress, and financial difficulties were among the most common sentiments.
- On Question 8: Is there anything else you'd like to share about your views of optimism or what you'd like to know about optimism? One person said, "It affects ALL aspects of your life...and to live fully and in a healthy manner." Another said, "I want people to remember that what they say is very powerful. Speaking negatively not only reinforces your own sense of helplessness and lack of control, but also influences others to become pessimistic and negative. Conversely, positive speech can influence others to have an increased sense of positivity and optimism."
To see the complete Optimism Survey results go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/sr.aspx?sm=EblykIsnhFpmex9LibYroH_2bI_2flXbCBl2_2bi1sHUIdGNY_3d.
About The Secret Society of Happy People:
Pamela Gail Johnson founded the Secret Society of Happy People in 1998 to encourage the expression of happiness and discourage parade-raining. The Society has thousands of members from more than 34 countries. Ms. Johnson is a public speaker for organizations and companies around the country who want to promote happiness among their members or employees. The Secret Society of Happy People offers free membership to anyone interested in learning how to improve their happiness quotient. The free membership includes a downloadable Happiness Word Poster, a monthly Happiness Happens newsletter and an optional Daily Happiness Inspiration email. The society also offers videos, books and daily inspirations to promote happiness.
Pamela Gail Johnson