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Anyone Can Be An Optimist

Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist? In simple terms, an optimist focuses on hope. A pessimist focused on doubt. An optimist thinks about the good that can come from situations. A pessimist thinks about all the things that could go wrong.

Positivity (or what I call conscious optimism) promotes satisfaction that emanates from acting responsibly. A positive attitude, just like happiness, begins between the ears. Both are choices. To quote Abraham Lincoln: “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  In short, optimism—like happiness—is largely a choice.

The most important thing people can control is their thinking—their attitude. Does your attitude lean more toward being an optimist or a pessimist? You really do have a choice! As a matter of fact, choice ends when life ends.

A state of mind is something that one undertakes. It cannot be purchased. It must be created. Are you aware of the mindset you create for yourself?

Thinking and acting responsibly begins—not only with how people shapes their thoughts—but also includes how people communicate with others.

We have a responsibility to help others shape and influence their thoughts so that their impulses and tendencies to blame, complain, criticize, and nag do not control them.

When people become mindful of having positive thoughts that is when they feel more empowered to make better decisions and take more responsibility for their actions.

Tip: Focus on being an optimist. Model that mindset to others. Optimism promotes favorable relationships. The more you inspire a positive mindset—and help others develop the same optimistic attitude—the more they are apt to become more responsible, be more satisfied with themselves, and reduce any anxiety and stress.

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