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Optimism



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.

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Be Optimistic

His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about the importance of optimism at the end of a two day interactive dialogue with United States Institute of Peace Youth Leaders at his residence in Dharamshala, HP, India on May 4, 2016.

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The Book of Awesome

Sometimes it's easy to forget the things that make us smile.

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What Is Optimism?

The mental attitude characterized by hope and confidence in success and a positive future.

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FindCenterPoetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into an idea, then into more tangible action.

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Dr. Seligman’s Definition of Optimism

Find out how Dr. Martin Seligman defines optimism.

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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

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.

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The Benefits of Optimism Are Real

Having a positive outlook is the most important predictor of resilience.

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FindCenterBe not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

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The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism

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.

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The Difference Between Hope and Optimism

I’ve found during the pandemic that optimism isn’t the best way to improve your well-being. The research shows that hope is a far more potent force. We can all get better at it as we work toward recovering from the pandemic, and benefit from our improved skill for the rest of our lives.

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