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Experts say, people who are optimists sleep better, have fewer strokes, and live a whole lot longer than pessimists. But how do you change your outlook, is it even possible?

My best friend, Johnathan, has been called many things in his life, but never an optimist and that was fine by me, talk about opposing attractions, that surely is apparent of our diametrically opposite friendship, spanning all of 42 years. 

According to my Guru of Pessimism, Johnathan, pessimists live in a constant state of pleasant surprise, since, if you always expect the worst, things generally turn out better than you imagined. while the devout optimist, me, according to his expert experience with optimists, are constantly in a state of flux, eternally expecting positive, pleasant outcomes and more often than not, are met with disappointment. The only real problem with that description of pessimism, I figured, was that too much of that could accidentally turn a pessimist into an optimist.

There is another way to assimilate optimism, which one could probably describe as the act of “faking it till you make it” by finding your generally cloaked, but innate sweet  spot of optimism, ie. your Best Possible Self and embracing it by keeping a gratitude journal – and eventually changing your Minus narrative to positive.

Which one are you?

  • So, are you eternally optimistic?

    • Yes


What do you think?

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  1. I think I’m somewhere in between. It’s impossible to remain optimistic 100% of the time if life is being unkind but I think I tend to look on the bright side for much of the time.

    • Nothing lasts forever, so what I am saying is that I agree, that is why I mention that not even a self-confessed serial pessimist like my friend Johnathan can be one all of the time. Thanks for reading and commenting, Linda.