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. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

How to Stay Optimistic When Everything Seems Wrong

Optimism isn’t about ignoring negative feelings. It’s about being hopeful about the future, even when the present seems wholly negative.

How to Be Hopeful, Even When It’s Really, Really Hard

As uncomfortable as it may feel, pushing ourselves to imagine that better future may be a crucial way for us to maintain some semblance of mental well-being—now and whenever that beautiful future does arrive.

Why Hope Matters

Hoping we can make things better is the secret to doing so.

Hope Is a Risk that Must Be Run—Particularly in Our Darkest Days

How can you keep feeling hopeful when there seems to be so many reasons to feel hopeless? In the end, it is a choice.

The Power of Hope, and Recognizing When It’s Hopeless

Hope can alter how you view yourself.


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