Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you often expect bad things to happen? “Pessimists are like the fairy tale about Chicken Little. In the fairy tale, Chicken Little kept shouting, ‘Help, help the sky is falling.’
In contrast, optimistic people expect the best,” explains Drs. Mary Ann & Michael Mercer, co-authors of the book and audio-book SPONTANEOUS OPTIMISM(tm) Proven Strategies for Health, Prosperity & Happiness.

Drs. Mercer are founders of and also OPTIMISM MONTH, which runs from March 1–31.
“If you’re a pessimist don’t worry. Optimism is not a disposition you are born with or without. It’s a learned skill, and a very important ingredient determining your level of happiness,” clarifies Drs. Mercer.

The Optimism Doctors suggest practicing these tips each week of ‘Optimism Month’:

Week 1: De-tox Your Mind

To get rid of negative or intruding bad thoughts remember this “Rule of Optimism”: You can only keep one thought in your mind at a time. You can focus your thoughts on either pessimistic or optimistic thoughts. It’s your choice. Pessimistic people focus on gloomy thoughts of how they could fall down and not get up. They expect the worst to happen. Optimistic people expect the best. So, houseclean your head. This week, when setbacks or problems pop up, immediately focus on finding a solution. Pessimistic people focus on complaining, but happy and optimistic people focus on solutions.

Week 2: Optimism and Happiness by the Numbers

Are you obsessed with negative thoughts? A simple way to become optimistic is to count your way to more positive thoughts. It’s easy to become an expert at switching your negative and bad thoughts to more positive and upbeat thoughts and feelings. So, this week your assignment is to focus on counting and switching your bad thoughts to upbeat and uplifting thoughts. Each time you have a negative thought, immediately switch to a positive thought or solution to your woes. Write a tally mark on a pad of paper each time you switch like this each day. Your goal is to decrease the number of times you need to switch. For example, at first, you may need to switch 50 times. In time, you will decrease it to 30, 20, or 10 times a day. If you are obsessively negative, you will become obsessively positive using this technique.

Week 3: Avoid Emotional Vampires

Are you a loser magnet? Do you attract emotional vampires or losers into your life? To become more optimistic -- avoid emotional vampires. Pessimistic people allow “emotional vampires” to suck their positive feelings right out of their skulls. Emotional vampires include people who put you down, criticize you, or mock or sabotage your dreams and aspirations. This week, take a survey of your life by making a list of people and situations you are exposing yourself to. Then, discard or limit people, habits, or situations that keep you from feeling optimistic and happy. In other words, “burn your bridges” if needed. Remember: Happy and optimistic people hang around with personal cheerleaders. Unhappy people surround themselves with emotional vampires.

Week 4: Act Like an Optimist

To begin acting like an optimist yourself, you need to learn what they do. Optimistic people act and carry themselves in certain ways. First, they use certain words. The words people use can affect their mood. Changing your words can actually change your attitude and feelings. The Optimism Doctors recommend using “upbeat” words instead of “upset” words. For example, you can say, “I feel overwhelmed.” Or “I feel challenged…nevertheless I can do it”. Second, optimists and happy individuals take big steps, walk faster and stand taller. In sharp contrast, pessimistic and unhappy people shuffle their feet, take tiny steps, walk slowly, and slouch. This week, use upbeat words and watch how you carry your body. Use the word choices and body posture of optimistic people.

“Using each of these techniques during Optimism Month will help you become happy and optimistic. They are easy to carry out and will create a positive domino effect with people in your life,” encourages Dr. Mercer, co-author of SPONTANEOUS OPTIMISM.

Optimism Month is listed in Chase’s Calendar of Events. Drs. Mercer are the founders of Optimism Month.

The above techniques are from Drs. Mary Ann & Michael Mercer’s book: "SPONTANEOUS OPTIMISM (TM) Proven Strategies for Health, Prosperity & Happiness". For more information on OPTIMISM MONTH contact: Dr. Mary Ann Mercer at (847) 337-2554. More optimism tips and interviews are available.

Author's Bio: 

Drs. Mary Ann & Michael Mercer are a unique husband-&-wife professional team. They have been featured:
1. National TV Appearances
Includes Oprah, Leeza Gibbons Show, Today In New York, Fox News, Home & Family, Crook & Chase and more

2. Magazine Interviews/Articles
Frequently quoted in magazines and newspapers, such as Redbook, Wall Street Journal, Woman's World, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Fitness, First for Women, Woman’s Day, Complete Woman, National Enquirer, Self, Fitbit, Martha Steward, Cooking Light, Medium and many more publications.

3. Dr. Mary Ann Mercer served as spokesperson for LEGGS Sheer Energy Pantyhose. Dr. Mercer and actress Caroline Rhea, were selected to represent Leggs Sheer
Energy Pantyhose during their special year-long promotion.

4. Dr. Mary Ann Mercer is the host of the podcast called, "Positive Life Answers", available on your favorite podcast platform. Link to list: Https://

5. Dr. Mary Ann V. Mercer, Psy.D., wrote the new book called, ‘Bouncing Back from Difficult Times’.