Optimism verses Pessimism

6.) Make Believe It’s All Good

Is the world cruel or kind?
Filled with pain or joy?
Is it hostile or friendly?
Brutal or gentle?
Which is it?

It is all those things. Neither of them is more realistic than the other. If you're one of the many pessimists I've talked to about this, understand that your perspective is no more realistic than optimism. Cold is no more true than hot. Dry isn't more realistic than wet. It’s nonsense.

If your goal is really to be more realistic, I would highly recommend turning off the news for a week or two. Don't worry, if anything important happens, lots of people willing (and wanting) to update you.

The news media has discovered that negative stories get better ratings – the more dramatic and repugnant, the better. (If it bleeds, it leads.) So that's their focus. If you watch the news on a regular basis you might start to think that this world is filled with nothing but hostile, angry and dishonest people. It can warp your perspective if you don’t feed yourself an equal amount of wonderful stories. They’re actually much more plentiful than crimes, but they’re rarely reported.

Pick a Side and Stick With It

You have a decision to make. You need to pick a team. Are you going to lean optimistic, or lean pessimistic? Instead of making the decision unconsciously random – deliberately choose a side.

It's not a wild claim to say an optimistic perspective is more supportive of personal happiness than pessimism. What you look for, you will find. If you look for nastiness, you will find it. If you look for love, it’s there in abundance. When you change your perspective, you change your experience of the world.

An Optimistic Perspective Allows You to...

  • Believe more in your potential.
  • Turn disadvantages into advantages.
  • Feel more loving towards people.
  • Feel more hopeful about the future.

If you really want to experience bliss, make believe it’s all good.


Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.

- Norman Cousins

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

― Winston Churchil