Oh, the wonderfully optimistic, how happy they are. Well, until their optimism fails, then they don’t tend to be very optimistic do they? So what is optimism? Optimism is more than the “glass half full” approach.
What Optimism Is Not
Optimism is not a blind faith that everything is fine. Optimism is not a ditzy naïve view of the world. Optimism is not a bad thing. Being an optimistic person does not mean you don’t understand the gravity of a situation, or that you are missing the bigger picture. It is quite the opposite of that.
So, What is Optimism?
Optimism is the most positive outlook on a situation. It is an attitude, an angle from which to view the world. Nothing more, nothing less. People perceive those who are “optimistic”, as always believing everything will be fine are, are naïve. Everything is not always fine, but looking at a situation from the most positive angle possible often produces the most positive results.
The true optimist will say, “Yes, this is bad. What can we do about it?”. They acknowledge the gravity of the situation and realize that while not everything is fixable, there is some silver lining. Optimists make the best out of a bad situation. Sometimes the only thing about a bad situation
Your attitude controls all that you do and how you perceive the world. Some people will dwell for years over things they cannot change. They will live in the past.
An optimist looks at the world from a slightly different perspectives. It’s the same situation, only in a different light. By looking at the different aspects, you might even see patterns you never guessed were there. Those “patterns” in life opens doors and new found hope.