While the importance of Optimist Day is undeniable, its history is slightly confusing. There are various events that could be considered the starting point of Optimist Day.
According to Optimist.org, the day was started in 2013, when delegates in Cincinnati passed a resolution to adopt the first Thursday of every February as “Optimist Day“, after a resolution introduced by Sylvain Levesque.
Another site consider 2017 as the year of the holiday’s foundation, and yet another considers it to have began in 2019, in Croatia, as a festival created by the Somersby Cider company, together with a well-planned campaign that was supported by thousands of people.
Regardless of its origins, Optimist Day is a great occasion to celebrate positivity and to embrace a positive outlook on life. Optimism is usually regarded as a state of mind and can be developed by creating new ways of thinking.
This year’s Optimist Day could be a perfect time to get started retraining the brain to think positively, to see the bright side of any situation, and see the glass as half full instead of half empty.
Optimist Day is also a day in which people are encouraged to partake in small acts of kindness towards their relatives, friends, neighbors, colleagues and especially towards strangers.
To find out more cool facts about optimism, learn how to observe Optimist Day as well as ways in which we can retrain our brains to think more positively, check out the following websites:
Every year on the 21th of December it’s Look on the Bright Side Day, a day to be optimistic, a day that encourages people from around the world to see positive situations and circumstances. Look on the Bright Side Day is all about learning the positive lessons and embracing an optimistic approach.
The origin of the phrase “to look on the bright side” remain shrouded in mystery. As for the meaning, it’s a way of someone telling us to be cheerful and optimistic despite of the difficulties one may be facing during the day.
This advice has many benefits, as making sure to keep a positive mindset can actually help in various ways, such as:
Increase life span.
Lower rates of depression.
Lower levels of distress.
Offer greater resistance to the common cold.
Improve psychological and physical well-being.
Reduce risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Improve coping skills during times of stress.
Since I’m called upon to look for something positive, out of an otherwise bad or sad situation, I will try to do so. I’ve been suffering from chronic pain for a long time, I struggle with mental health problems, such as OCD, anxiety and depression, I’ve been raised in a dysfunctional family and I am too poor to afford the medical help I need. And that list of problems doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what I’ve been through. But God has been by my side throughout my life and I trust that He who started a good work in me will complete it and will glorify Himself by showing His mercy on me.
Sometimes, bad experiences have positive lessons to be learned. If you have any such lessons from your life that you would like to share with the world, I invite you to do so (either in a brief paragraph or in more detail) in the comments section below.