Optimism For The Better

Claudia Kinser – Sophomore – February 22, 2017

Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable. -Voltaire

What is an optimist’s blood type? B-positive. Corny jokes aside, do you look at the positives of a situation? Or do you try to find the negative of everything? It’s sad to say, people are not optimistic these days. And when I say people, I include myself. We can illustrate optimism like this: let’s say we both had to take the same test, then you made an 95 and I made a 65. You get yours back and say, “Man, I’m so mad at myself. I could have done so much better.” I get mine back and say “Yes! I’m so glad I studied. I did better than last week.” I’m being optimistic. I’m feeling or believing that good things will or did happen. (Merriam Webster)


Why not try to be a little more positive? It can actually improve the immune system, prevent chronic disease, and help people cope with unfortunate news. (The Pursuit of Happiness) If you undergo a stressful event, optimism can also help undo the aftereffects of that negative experience. (The Atlantic) So I challenge you to be positive. Look on the bright side of things. When you face a stressful situation, find something to smile about. When you go through a breakup, look at it as a lesson, not a heartbreak.  It is worth it. What do you have to lose, other than you negativity?

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. -Vaclav Havel


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