“Optimism does not mean that you feel happy every minute of the day. It doesn’t mean that you’re always upbeat and in a good mood. You are not even required to keep your fingers crossed so that all your problems will disappear and your glassy-eyed, smiley-faced joy will return. That’s not it, and it’s a good thing because most of us wouldn’t be able to buy in to this rosy-cheeked cheerfulness.
But optimism is doable. It is real and it can be a difference-maker in your life if you stay
grounded and realistic. Grounded optimism is about attitude and action and like so many of the other strategies that manage the flow of negative emotion, it helps you feel better. It helps people bounce back from adversity and it is one component of resilience. Doctors, like positive psychology guru Martin Seligman, rank optimism right up there in line next to exercise and good nutrition when it comes to good-health building behaviors.”
Polly Campbell, in “Imperfect Spirituality”
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