Optimisim is the tendency to expect the best and to see the best in all things; hopefulness and confidence.
The word is derived from the Latin word "optimus" meaning "the best".
I used to be a pessimist, but I didn't feel very good. Plus that accompanying frown added premature wrinkles that certainly didn't twinkle!
I understand the view of the pessimist. I had lots of practice in expecting the worst; that way I protected myself from disappointment and heartbreak. If anything good happened, that would be a bonus, wouldn't it? Does this sound familiar?
The pessimistic view is not too far of a stretch into worry, something else in which I was well-rehearsed. Fortunately, I've seen and felt the difference. It's reflected in my heart rhythms. It's also reflected in how much better I feel - emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. This bring me back to the beginning: optimistic - optimism - optimist!
"Few things in the world are more positive than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. And you can do it when things are tough." - Richard M. DeVos
Are your children constantly looking at life as if the glass is half empty? Are you?
Discuss this idiom and ask them to classify their viewpoints into a half-empty glass or a half-full glass.
May I offer you a glassful of suggestions to get started?
- They didn't do as well as they expected on a project.
- Their game was cancelled due to inclement weather.
- The concert they wanted to see was sold-out.
- When they had finally saved up enough money to purchase their favourite video game, it was no longer in stock.
- The power went out and they couldn't watch their favourite television show.