The Optimism Principle

Optimism: The Truth (and Science) about Positive Thinking


Studies show that as many as 85 percent of initiatives attempting a change fail.  The reason most often cited is discouragement.  But the truth is, it takes weeks and often months to make real progress toward a goal, and setbacks along the way are to be expected.  No matter the setting, individuals who “give up” have one trait in common: pessimism. Pessimistic people see failure as permanent, pervasive, and personal. This outlook is vastly different from those who can be classified as optimistic; they see setbacks as temporary, specific, and situational.

Optimism and pessimism are both learned ways of thinking. That means people can increase the probability of being successful by managing the way they think.  By challenging pessimistic explanations of negative events and reinterpreting them in optimistic terms, anyone can maintain hope, commitment, and resolve.  And, because optimists learn to handle problems without taking them personally, they are far better equipped to contend with critics, naysayers, and bullies.

Learning optimism isn’t about becoming a Pollyanna; quite the contrary.  Optimism is smart—it will make you more powerful, more resilient, and more successful.  The Optimism Principle employs scientific discoveries to teach this essential element of problem-solving.

Implement more positive thinking into your life now!