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Kindness - Optimism
Optimism is about viewing any situation with feelings of hopefulness and the future with confidence or the success of something. Without optimism, life ceases to be a source of hopes, dreams and expectations, and is filled with pessimistic, discouraging, undesirable and unwelcome feelings. An optimist sees the good in everything.

It’s important to recognize the necessity for an attitude of optimism and having some optimistic expectation that things will always turn out all right. Optimism should be separated from wishful thinking. Wishful thinking is a false belief that because we want something to happen, it will happen. Hence, our optimism should not be based on impractical wishes rather than facts. For example, it’s quite pointless to be optimistic of striking the jackpot in a lottery. This is wishful thinking, not optimism as the odds of that happening is virtually zero.

Fill yourself with the feeling of optimism every moment of your life. It brings changes to your life. You will be happier, knowing that something good will happen to you, and that everything will work out in the end. Indeed, things will usually work out if you have the firm conviction that they will. You will be healthier as studies have shown individuals are less likely to be affected with severe illnesses than those who are unduly pessimistic. You obviously live longer when your life is a happy and healthy one.

When you live a life of optimism, your thinking tends to be positive. This is an essential condition for any kind of success. You can accomplish difficult tasks with much more ease than others who lack the important ingredients of optimism and positive thinking. Optimistic people are cheerful people. They enjoy better relationships with others and live a more personally satisfying life.

When you carry out a task with optimism of its success, it really means you still need to put in perhaps a great deal of effort to support your optimism. You are unlikely to succeed by remaining passively optimistic without doing anything about it. As you put in more and more effort your optimism increases, and success becomes easier to attain as you tend to attract all the qualities that are essential for success. You become highly motivated, extremely competent, and more than willing to accept responsibility for the successful achievement of the desired outcome.

Anyone can acquire the virtues of optimism and hopefulness. Practise optimism every day by looking at the bright sides of life. A good starting point is to look at a glass as half full rather than half empty, so are other events however sad or tragic they are, are bound to have a positive side. Persist and make it a habit, the sooner the better. When you look at the good things you have in life, and the happy and wonderful memories you have treasured, you find there is so much to be grateful for and they fill you with hopefulness and confidence about the future. It is your personal obligation to constantly fill your mind with positive thoughts, and never to give in to negative or depressive feelings whenever you experience a setback or encounter some difficulty.

Even if you have got a very optimistic outlook on life, there are times when you cannot help feeling pessimistic. Many things can happen to you that make you feel pessimistic. For example, a relative is involved in an accident while on holiday or a loved one is admitted to the hospital. The resultant train of anxious thoughts running through your head does not help much to make you feel optimistic. Whenever unpleasant things befall you, seek out the bright spots that are bound to be present if you only care to look for them. These bright spots ward off or reduce your pessimistic feeling.

Is optimism an innate quality? If not, how do you account for the excessive optimism generally displayed by people who believe bad things can only happen to others, and not to them? Each time when we come to know of someone falling victim, for example to an unscrupulous act, it reinforces our belief. We only realize that our optimism is entirely misplaced when we ourselves become victims.