The optimism of others is good for me. My own optimism must be as good for me as it is for others too. It is an attitude with a hopeful outlook on life. It imagines the possibilities that many of us walk by on a daily basis.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines optimism as having hopefulness and confidence about the future or successful outcome of something; a tendency to take a favorable or hopeful view. The word is originally derived from the Latin optimum, meaning best. Unlike optimal thinking, which is realistic in nature, being optimistic, in the typical sense of the word, ultimately means one expects the best possible outcome from any given situation. This is usually referred to in psychology as dispositional optimism. Researchers sometimes operationalize the term differently depending on their research, however. For example, Martin Seligman and his fellow researchers define it in terms of explanatory style, which is based on the way one explains life events.
Sourced from: List of Values
Generally, I am a tenacious tart and can handle the school of hard knocks with a “float-like-a-butterfly, sting-like-a-bee attitude (thank you Mohammed Ali). My parents were optimistic souls and that has flowed through our DNA and on to our children. There is not a Pollyanna amongst us but we tend to find the good in situations.
P.S.: Did you know that bananas passed their best by date make the tastiest banana cakes?
This month I am participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge to write something related to each letter of the alphabet. We post for six days of hte week leaving Sunday free to rest or catch up with bloggers and their contributions. You can find out more here.