Optimism is an attitude characterized by hope, confidence, and the belief that the future will be good; it is largely tied to self-esteem and resilience. Optimists tend to draw on internal resources to overcome challenges, viewing obstacles as opportunities for learning. However, while the benefits of a positive outlook on life are numerous—lower stress, persistence, greater achievement, increased longevity—an overly rosy outlook can be used as a method of avoidance or as an invalidation of others’ feelings. Fostering a healthy sense of optimism can come naturally to some and can be a journey for others; most consider practicing mindfulness and gratitude as some of the soundest methods to start your optimism practice.
Known as the Father of the new science of Positive Psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enhances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr.
Martin E. P. Seligman is one of the most decorated and popular psychologists of his generation. When he first encountered the discipline in the 1960s, it was devoted to eliminating misery: the science of how past trauma creates present symptoms.