Webster defines optimism as hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. I would interpret it as a strong belief that something good will happen in the future, and expect it to come about. Using the half glass full analogy, perfectly describes what it is like to be optimistic. Although, sometimes frowned upon in some situations; because many see optimism as not showing hurt, or sadness, especially when it’s expected. Being joyful doesn’t mean hurts and pains are not felt, only that it’s a choice to let the good be seen in all situations. Happiness for an optimistic person is not only a character trait but a critical part of everyday life.Making any situation brighter is a talent that some are born with, but others achieve it by going through situations, that need sunshine on a cloudy day. Everyone has the gift of optimism, but learning how to use it, is harder then it appears. Using this tool, once acquired can help with true success in life. Optimism is a mental attitude which can find any little good thing in life that makes dealing with hard things easier.
The definition of optimism mentions confidence in a successful future; this is a key to optimism. Knowing a situation, having confidence how it will end is something that will bring hope to those surrounding them. By changing the state of mind to a more positive outlook, the end result can be changed. A true optimist can transform any gloomy attitude into a sunny disposition by using this special gift of joy. For those who attain this positive trait, and charismatic personality, is sure to stand out and receive both encouragement and opposition.
Pessimism is the opposite of optimism. Literally meaning, “A tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen; a lack of hope or confidence in the future.” The world cannot work peacefully without a balance of both optimism and pessimism. There will always be opposition, as people don’t understand how to be positive when it seems impossible to find anything good. When someone is cheerful through a hard time, people tend to believe that they don’t have any other emotions.When an internal optimist goes through something, they experience every pain and hurt. However, they choose to display joy in every little detail; including the bigger trials of life. Everything an optimist does, or looks at, has a positive twist. Looking around, I see less and less of this special gift being used as the Creator intended. Optimism is being hidden because of the attention it brings to one’s self. Staying positive is not something that is easy either. Every day, is a choice to be grateful for everything and love life as it is.
Optimism influences our daily lives as we choose to make circumstances better with every decision that is made. As we laugh and make people smile, it is a choice to be cheerful and charismatic. Positivity is important in every aspect, as we never know when someone could use a laugh, or see the strength it takes to smile through tears. Optimism is one of the most important influential personality traits someone can obtain. Having the ability to change someone’s temperament in a matter of minutes, just by the joyful expressions we share.