Sunday, March 5, 2017


Where does optimism originate? If we stay aware of every thought and feeling rather than judge them, we can watch and move beyond. In the moment, one begins to understand that thoughts and feelings develop awareness. When silence settles in, optimism increases.

Winston Churchill said, "a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." 

Optimism improves the immune system, prevents chronic disease, and helps people cope with disappointments. 

Gratitude's association with optimism adds to individuals' feelings of happiness, the receipt of more social support, less stress, and less depression. 

Martin Seligman defines optimism as reacting to problems with a sense of confidence and high personal ability. 

Optimistic people believe that negative events are temporary, limited in scope (instead of pervading every aspect of a person’s life), and manageable.  

Optimists accept failures and also learn from them, which encourages further pursuit of achievement. 

Ben-Sharhar talked about "optimalists" who tend to have more intrinsic, inward desires, with a motivation to learn, while perfectionists are highly motivated by a need to consistently prove themselves worthy.

When flooded with non-essential waves of thoughts and feelings, find a positive idea to bring balance to the moment.

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