The Benefits of Optimism Are Real

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Having a positive outlook is the most important predictor of resilience. This is something I always notice, either consciously or sub-consciously about people that I meet. Being optimistic is a choice that is often entirely within our control. And it demonstrates the work one has done to confront one’s own self, and the ability to act on a longer term, holistic view of things.

“Pi says, “You might think I lost all hope at that point. I did. And as a result I perked up and felt much better.”

“Pi’s resilience is incredible once you realize what happens on board the lifeboat and how Pi copes with the tragedy that he witnesses and endures. There’s more to the story than the boy and the tiger. Though what really happened is terrible, Pi chooses to tell a different story. His story parallels what really happened, but is beautiful not bleak, transcendent not nihilistic.”

“Which story do you prefer?” he asks at the end.”

— Read more on www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/the-benefits-of-optimism-are-real/273306/

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