[chapter 1]

THE BEST WAY TO LIVE

Pessimism and optimism are strategies. We createpessimism as a response to what happens to us.But we can also respond with optimism to theevents in our life. And that’s much more rewarding.

BAD WEATHER AND UNFOUNDED OPTIMISM

In high school, my week revolved around the field hockey game on Saturday. Back then, we still played on real grass. Hence, as the week progressed, a striking parallel arose between my mood and darkening skies. Too much rain would force the game to be canceled, which routinely happened in the fall and winter. My grumbling started well in advance. If it were raining cats and dogs on a Friday afternoon, my dear mother would try to cheer me up by looking out the window and pointing at a random ...

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