Category: Optimism

What is pessimism?

Veronica, Pessimism is always living as if the cup is half empty, not half full. Most events in your life are neutral, like driving your car or getting the mail from your mailbox, but it is your attitude that will define your experience. Pessimism is definitely a poison to the roots of true happiness. It…
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What are some benefits of optimism?

Cameron, Here are some reasons to be optimistic. First, you will have a richer life and have more fun. Second, you will attract happier people around you for a more supportive life. Third, your family will reap the benefits of your optimism. Fourth, you will live a healthier life and live longer if you are…
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Why should I try to be optimistic at work?

Drake, Given the current economic crisis, optimistic leadership in our corporations is essential for a company to thrive and compete in our global economy. Every corporation must take the emerging brain science on optimism seriously. Just as you can infect a corporation with contagious stress, you can nurture a business environment with optimism. Optimism can…
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What is the difference between optimism and pessimism?

Julia, Optimism is a tendency to expect the best possible outcome. Optimists believe that the universe is always evolving toward good, that good triumphs over evil, and that people are inherently good. The traditional definition of an optimist is that you see the glass as half full instead of half empty. Pessimists see their role…
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How can optimism affect longevity?

Susan, We know through research that every thought or emotion we experience has electrical energy and a chemical response attached to it. Therefore, when you are optimistic you are sending healing hormones all over your body that boost your immune system and create health in your mind, body, and soul. The Journal of Personality and…
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Is optimism genetic?

Elliott, Science tells us that optimism is actually a component of our deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). You can look back to your ancestors and see the imprints of optimism. About half of your optimism comes from your DNA and half comes from your environment. But if you weren’t born with optimistic DNA or didn’t receive doses…
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How can spending time in nature help me be optimistic?

Regan, Nature is a perennial source of Divine optimism. Every spectrum of nature fosters the seeds of Divine optimism. Each of the four seasons beckons us to the next phase of our lives. The mystical phases of the moon lure us into optimism and wonder. The powerful forces of nature beam the energy of optimism…
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What is the role of optimism in marriage?

Mark, The institution of marriage is based on optimism. I believe the definition of marriage should include the word optimism. How can you stand before another person and repeat those vows and not have a seed of optimism within you? You pledge to stay with another person for the rest of your life through being…
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What is the importance of optimism in a relationship?

Rhett, From the time we are young, many of us wonder if we will find someone to partner with for a lifetime. The moment we slip that ring on our finger the optimism begins careening downhill like a runaway vehicle. Before you know it, “optimism” creates a list of desires: a car, a home, a…
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How can I maintain an optimistic relationship with my partner?

Zoey, Go out on weekly dates as a couple, talk about the science of optimism and discuss how you can learn to be more optimistic with each other. Check in with each other regularly and do an optimism checkup on your relationship. Are you the cheerleader for your partner? It’s not only fun to be…
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