Victorious Insights For Living: Learned Optimism

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Learned Optimism

"An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist a calamity in every opportunity."-- Winston Churchill

This is an interesting article called "Learned Optimism":

I have had a desire to be more of an optimists on a consistent basis.

The dictionary defines optimism as: "A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation"

It also defines it as: "The belief that the universe is improving and that good will ultimately triumph over evil."

If you look in the bible most of the great biblical figures were 'eternal optimist'. The greatest optimist of all being Jesus Himself.

There were also those that started out with more of a pessimistic outlook, but over time God transformed them into eternal optimists. Moses was a prime example of that.

I believe that some people, because of their temperaments are more prone to optimism. However, the good news is it's a learned trait. It boils down to a habit, a daily choice, and an outlook.

If you struggle with pessimism here is a good scripture to meditate on:

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." Psalm 23:6

It helped me and I'm sure it will help you.

Embracing an "attitude of gratitude" also enhances an optimistic outlook. An attitude of gratitude will increase your altitude in life. Make everyday "thankgiving day". There is true power in 'counting your blessings'. What you focus on increase and expands.

Attitude is a small thing that has a huge impact in life. Chose to have a positive one.

You are the best.


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