Chapter 17

Optimism

“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.”

—JAMES BRANCH CABELL, 1926

DEFINITION:

Optimism is the ability to look at the brighter side of life and to maintain a positive attitude even in the face of adversity. Optimism is an indicator of one's positive attitude and outlook on life. It involves remaining hopeful and resilient, despite occasional setbacks. Optimism is the opposite of pessimism, which is a common symptom of depression.1

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