A Richer Life by Seeing the Glass Half Full:

 ”Optimism is the belief that good things will happen to you and that negative events are temporary setbacks to be overcome.”

Suzanne C. Segerstrom, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, explained that optimism is not about being positive so much as it is about being motivated and persistent.

Dr. Segerstrom and other researchers have found that rather than giving up and walking away from difficult situations, optimists attack problems head-on. They plan a course of action, getting advice from others and staying focused on solutions … when faced with uncontrollable stressors, optimists tend to react by building ”existential resources” – for example, by looking for something good to come out of the situation or using the event to grow as a person in a positive way.

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