Is Your Mental Health Tied To Your Level of Optimism?

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Is Your Mental Health Tied To Your Level of Optimism?

How you describe your own mental health and state of wellbeing is important. The famous question about whether you see your glass as half-full or half-empty relates to this concept. When it comes right down to it, how much does your answer to this question impact your mental health and wellbeing?

Upon first glance, it seems obvious that it does matter and that it's important to be optimistic about life (to see our glass as half-full). This is quite true indeed. Both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and positive psychology are finding through research that our thoughts are crucial. A healthy sense of optimism is a vital part of mental health.

On the other hand, seeing your glass as either half-full or half-empty is an example of black-and-white thinking, an all-or-nothing approach to life that CBT identifies as irrational. Life is neither all good nor all bad, and our mental health isn't an either-or concept, as in we either have mental health or we don't.

Perhaps it's important to let your glass be what it is without judging it. It has some liquid, and it has some empty space. The goal is to quench your thirst, to experience mental health and well-being (Coping Skills for Mental Health and Wellbeing). Do what you need to do to enhance your mental health without constantly worrying about the state of your glass.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Today’s Question: Are you better off seeing your glass as half-full, or do you prefer to ignore the glass altogether when enhancing your own mental health? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, June 3). Is Your Mental Health Tied To Your Level of Optimism?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 25 from

Last Updated: June 3, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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