7 Qualities of Positive People

Optimism, also known as positive thinking, can help you through so many of life’s twists and turns.

Maintaining that positive attitude isn’t always easy, though; fortunately, there are some habits and characteristics that can make you more likely to be optimistic.

1. 60-69 Years Old

All right, you can’t do much to obtain this characteristic of optimistic people beyond wait for the years to go by, but knowing that most older people are more optimistic may give you something to look forward to, boosting your optimism levels in the meantime. According to the survey’s results, 60- to 69-year-olds are more likely to be optimistic than 18- to 29-year-olds.

2. Degree-Holders

82 percent of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher identified as optimistic.

3. Regular Exercisers

People who exercise at least once a week are 40 percent more likely to be optimistic than couch potatoes.

4. Meditators

Those who take the time to meditate are 10 percent more likely to be optimistic.

5. Not Glued to Screens

Using technology for more than ten hours a day, outside of work, are often more pessimistic than those who don’t; most optimistic people manage to get away from screens for at least part of every day.

6. Dog-Owners

Dog owners are 4 percent more likely to be optimistic than cat owners.

7. Social

90 percent of the self-identified optimists surveyed named spending time with friends and family as a top hobby.


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