Optimism #1

18 Jun

Have you noticed how some people seem to always have a positive attitude and bounce back from adversity, whereas others always live on the edge of depression and use adversity to convince themselves of their shortcomings?

These outcomes result from how people self-talk to frame explanations of the events in their lives. Having a positive explanatory style is a key element of realistic optimism, and realistic optimism has a profound effect on the quality of our lives, even to positively influencing our health.

Guess what? Optimism can be learned – so what are you waiting for?  Let’s start with a simple assessment byMartin Seligman, a psychologist who has spent most of his career studying learned helplessness and optimism.  First,

go to: http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx

Scroll down and click on the “optimism test,” then register and log in (it’s worth the effort.)  You need to take this simple test to comprehend yourself and begin to understand explanatory style.

Next week we will examine the elements of optimism.


People who don’t take risks make about two big mistakes a year

People who take risks make about two big mistakes a year,

–       Peter Drucker


2 Responses to “Optimism #1”

  1. Deb Stalkfleet August 19, 2010 at 6:08 am #

    I would like to subscribe to this site.

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