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.


Be Optimistic

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