Proud Pollyanna

In the book Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway, Susan Jeffers talks about the Pollyanna attitude. She points out pessimism is no more realistic than optimism.


an excessively or blindly optimistic person

She begs the question why do we see optimism as unrealistic? I ask. What’s realistic about Murphy’s Law, what can go wrong will go wrong?

I was at a painting class and said something “sun-shiney” when a women across from me said, “oh, you’re one of those people.” To which I thought. Oh, you’re one of those people. Miserable woe-is-me pessimist, but I just smiled. I don’t know this women’s story, her pain.

I’m a proud pollyanna, choosing to be excessively cheerful and optimistic. There are many studies highlighting the numerous benefits, to health, relationships, happiness, etc., of positive emotions and positive thinking.

I believe we collect evidence to prove what we believe to be true. Therefore if you believe people are assholes, everyone is out to get you, and the world is a dark hateful place you will have a mind full of examples how it’s true. I ask, what kind of world do YOU WANT to see?

Be the change you want to see in the world


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