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 O - Optimism


Optimism: Attitude to life or aspects of life to the effect that it makes more sense to expect good or indifferent than bad things.

There are other possible definitions of optimism, and it is hard to arbitrate between pessimistic and optimistic attitudes, first because these tend to be vague, imprecize and general positions anyway, and second because they seem to depend rather a lot on one's native temperament, and some are born melancholic, and others happy-go-lucky, both with little choice, other than medication.

The generally pleasant or useful sides of being an optimist are that, if one can feel optimistic, one feels better than otherwise, and it helps one in the actions one does, in as much as optimism helps one to motivate oneself.

For more, see pessimism.


See also: Pessimism



 Original: Mar 9, 2005                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top