Stress Tip #212: The Power of Healthy Optimism

Optimism isn’t just rose-colored glasses or pie-in-the-sky perspectives. Healthy optimism invites us to look at “what is” in contrast to focusing on what we’re afraid of, and it aims at finding what might work more than what doesn’t work. The old story claims that Thomas Edison’s laboratory went through hundreds of iterations before manufacturing a light bulb that was practical; optimism kept his team going when a solution wasn’t immediately at hand. This takes more than persistence. It takes a belief in what is possible and in our ability to learn. Optimism creates energy, collaboration, and synergy. When pessimism gets you down, ask yourself what else is possible.

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