The key to disputing your own pessimistic thoughts is to first recognise them and then to treat them as if they were uttered by an external person, a rival whose mission in life was to make you miserable.
Before we could answer this question, we have to answer several others. First we needed to find out if explanatory style is stable across a whole life time. If optimism while you are young is to affect your health into old age,
This implies that the pessimist tends to go around with his eyes wide open and to assess situations more lucidly than the optimist. ” Reality may to always be a barrel of laughs, but you have to see things the way they are,” he might say, where as the optimist is a genial but incurably naive dreamer.