Learned Optimism

I’m potentially running out of self-help books to read.  Resorting to looking up oldies but goodies at my local library.  Finished Learned Optimism this week.  Didn’t love it but came away with two good points about optimism.  The first being that kids that are optimistic as a result of achievement are much more likely to be happier and productive in the long run rather than just inherently optimism.  Meaning children need to work hard to achieve something.  In other words, no trophies for sitting on the bench.

I also read this paragraph in one of the final pages of the book about running.  You’d be amazed at how many self-help books mention running.

” Consider jogging.  Many of us now choose to jog.  We slog along in all sorts of weather, waking up at ungodly hours to do so. The activity in itself gives us little or no pleasure. (me – amen brother!) It is sometimes annoying and not infrequently painful. We do it because it appeals to our long-term self interest. We believe that in the long run we will be better off, that we will live longer and healthier lives and be more attractive if we engage in this daily self flagellation.  A little daily self denial is exchanged for long-term self enhancement.  Once we became convinced that lack of exercise would likely be costly to our health and well-being , the alternative of jogging became attractive. ”

Not 100% on board with that but well said.  There are many days that I know lack of exercise is costing me my health and fitness level but sometimes the couch and Blue Bell win. The key is making sure that it doesn’t win too many times.


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