3 thoughts on “How to Have a More Optimisitic Outlook

  • March 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

    If a person has had many things out of their control “happen to them” or around them, is it responsible for them to have a positive outlook. Wouldn’t that go against the things they have learned in their life? Also,if you happen to be a depressive person, when those potive outlooks and hopes don’t come true, isn’t it more of a let down. Don’t get me wrong. I see nothing wrong with being an optimist, if you are one. But I don’t think it’s for everyone, and for good reason.

    I happen to think when someone asks if a glass is half full or half empty, the question is wrong. How can I know if it half full or half empty if I did not see the contents of the glass being put in. If the the glass was originally filled to the brim, and is now only half full, I would consider it half empty. But, if I only filled it half way, then it is half full.

    I don’t mean to difficult. I often get labeled as a pessimist, but I believe I am a realist. That does not mean that I don’t have hope. But I don’t want to sit around and wish for things and hope things will be different. I have to logically look and the experiences in my life and ask myself if this hope is legitimate, or if I am setting myself up to be let down.

    • March 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Lynette,

      It’s always good to look at things from different perspectives and make sure we have all the information. I appreciate you bringing up this ideas as optimism isn’t always the best way to approach things. For me, I used to be habitually pessimistic, and I had to learn to balance the way I viewed things. I think that realism is an important consideration, because there are times when we should just cut our losses and move on if things aren’t going to work out. In general though, optimism offers unique benefits that can help us be more confident and positive when adversity in present. It’s always up to the individual to make the call. Thanks!


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