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Optimism And Optimism : Optimism

- Just as I always think of having an optimism positively, which make me feel pleasant and hope that I will be better in future, in the same way, people also have different hopes in life from their distinct perspectives. Unlike, predicting brings success in persons’ life; rather, it is an unclear terms that people have. Optimism actually derived from French word optimisme (1737) and from Modern Latin optimus “the best.” Optimism is also like expressing a hopefulness which a person belief that something he or she wish will happen....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism, Mind, Thought]

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A Life of Optimism

- I am an ambitious person, whose attitude on life is of absolute optimism. Throughout my 17 years, I have experienced many difficult situations. Those situations have helped me to appreciate the small things of life that people usually take for granted. Many of which have shaped who I am today. I come from a family in which my parents have struggled to give me a delightful life; we came to America looking for a better future. I come from a place between rivers, and mountains with an amazing sunshine....   [tags: Optimism, ]

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The Difference Between Optimism And Pessimism

- B. Cade Massey once said that, “It 's gotten to the point where people really feel pressure to think and talk in an optimistic way” (Massey). Optimism is generally seen as healthy, while pessimism is generally seen as dangerous. The difference between optimism and pessimism is a difference in perspective and mindset. An optimist has a positive perspective, while a pessimist has a negative one. An optimist has a cheerful mindset, while a pessimist has a gloomy one. There are consequences to both perspectives....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism, Motivation]

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Voltaire Exposes the Fallacy of Optimism in Candide

- Voltaire was the French author of the novella Candide, also known as "Optimism" (Durant and Durant 724). Famous as a playwright and essayist, Voltaire’s Candide is the book where he tries to point out the fallacy of Gottfried William von Leibniz's theory of Optimism. He uses satire, and techniques of exaggeration to contrast highlight the evil and brutality of war and the world in general when men are meekly accepting of their fate. Leibniz, a German philosopher and mathematician of Voltaire's time, developed the idea that the world they were living in at that time was "the best of all possible worlds." This systematic optimism shown by Leibniz is the philosophical system that believed ever...   [tags: Optimism by Voltaire]

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Optimism Is Faith For Achievement

- Keller (1903) stated that “optimism is faith that leads to achievement. (p.63). Remaining positive is an aspect that most individuals try to do in their lives. Although some people aren’t as optimistic as others, having a small amount of optimism can be beneficial as well. Even though is not just one definition for optimism, there are some similarities depending on the characteristics of the individual. Definition Optimism is a mode of thinking that can more than likely be conceptualized on a continuum....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism, Motivation]

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Is Optimism And What Does It Mean?

- What is optimism and what does it mean to be optimistic. Optimism comes from the Latin word “optimus” meaning “best” and is defined as “an tendency to anticipate the best possible outcome.” Hardships are inevitable, but the way one decides to handle the situation determines the person they are. Imagine waking up knowing you may lose your mother or that your sibling is no longer alive. These realities can come true in a blink of an eye; and choosing to be happy is a choice only you can make. People who are optimistic not only are they positive,encourage motivation, and make horrible conditions into positive situations, but studies have shown they have better health than those who are pessimi...   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism, Health, Cancer]

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Optimism And Pessimism Of Pessimism

- B. Cade Massey once said, “It 's gotten to the point where people really feel pressure to think and talk in an optimistic way” (Massey). Optimism is generally seen as healthy, while pessimism is generally seen as dangerous. The difference between optimism and pessimism is a difference in perspective and mindset. An optimist has a positive perspective and cheerful mindset, while a pessimist has a negative perspective and a gloomy mindset. There are consequences to both perspectives. But which has better consequences for one’s health....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism, Motivation]

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The Optimism Bias Stands Guard

- Is There Evidence for the View that We Have an Unrealistically Optimistic View of Ourselves. And To What Extent Does Such a Positive Self-View Makes for a Better Life. “The optimism bias stands guard. It’s in charge of keeping our minds at ease and our bodies healthy. It moves us forward, rather than to the nearest high-rise rooftop.”– Sharot. In this quotation, Sharot shares her belief that we have a tendency to overestimate positive events that will happen in our life, this is the optimism bias; and this tendency keeps us living....   [tags: Optimism, Psychology, Illusory superiority]

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The Tyranny of Optimism

- Optimism is a state of mind in which an individual will tend to “expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation” (freedictionary.com). Over the past few decades, optimism has become more than just a state of mind; it has become its own empire, a power in itself. In Barbara Ehrenreich’s book, “Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America,” she expands on the notion that optimism, or positive thinking, has emerged as a strong “ideological force in American culture…--one that encourages us to deny reality, submit cheerfully to misfortune, and blame only ourselves for our fate” (Ehrenreich 43-4)....   [tags: Sociology]

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The Importance of Optimism

- You must decide if you are a glass half-full or glass half empty type of person. As Abraham Lincoln stated, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” But how does someone approach even the toughest situations with a glass half full attitude and are there truly benefits to being happy. Proven by researchers in Great Britain by a study that was published in the Journal of Social Psychology, the researchers provided proof that people who perform daily acts of kindness feel more personal satisfaction and happiness (Dixon)....   [tags: Positive Thinking]

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The Positives And Negatives Of Being An Optimist

- Have you ever lost a close one to health problems. How about losing him or her to something that must 've surely been painful. Well, if you 've answered yes to either of these questions, I 've got a follow-up question. Were you sad that your close one was now gone, or were you happy that their suffering was over. If you 've answered yes to the either one, then, good job, you 're a normal human being. But, if you answered yes to the second one specifically, then you 're probably just like me since I thought the same way when my grandfather died....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism]

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Optimism Bias in Project Management

- Introduction Projects are widely used by many organizations and government institutions in the course of conducting their business. One of the reasons for this is because they have been proven to be effective in initiating change and translating strategic programs into daily activities. However, it has been established that most projects fail to deliver on time, budget, and customer specifications. In most cases, this failure is caused by over-optimism by the project management team. This over-optimism commonly referred to as optimism bias can simply be defined as overestimating the projects benefits and conversely underestimating its cost and duration time....   [tags: Project Management Essays]

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The Case For Optimism On Climate Change

- The case for optimism In Al Gore 's lecture called “ The case for optimism on climate change”, Gore talks about greenhouse gasses.Gore talks about what we have done to create more carbon emissions, and what to do to reduce them again. Gore starts of with facts, he states why we founded earth day, and why we need to preserve this Earth. Gores argument was very educational to because of the way he presented his argument. Gore did not just say we need to change or bad things will happen, but he told how we can change....   [tags: Global warming, Climate change, Greenhouse gas]

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The Personal Optimism of Viktor Frankl

- The power of mankind is only as strong as his internal being. While held captive within the confines of one of history’s most brutal constraints, Viktor Frankl reached within himself to transcend the hellish reality he could not escape. His module for existence can be summed up by Nietzsche's epitomic phrase “He who has a ‘why’ to live for can bear almost any ‘how’.” In the beginning of the book, he emphasizes that his purpose in writing the book is not at all to prove factual events, since there are already many available, but to apply meaning to the experiences he was forced to cope with....   [tags: Viktor Frankl, world war II]

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Candide Or Optimism, By Voltaire

- Candide or Optimism, written by Voltaire in 1759, was created to satirize the a priori thinking that everything is for the best in the world. Candide, the guileless and simpleminded main character and his companions are exposed to the very worst the world possibly has to offer with rape, murder, whippings, war, earthquakes, shipwrecks, cannibalism, thievery, disease, greed, and worst of all, human nature. Through these horrific events, Pangloss, the philosopher maintaining a priori thinking, stubbornly upholds the idea that everything is for the best....   [tags: Candide, Voltaire, Best of all possible worlds]

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Optimism and Personality Trait

- Optimism could be considered a condition of the mind that makes one believe that the best things will always happen to them. A common idiom used to illustrate optimism versus pessimism is a glass with water at the halfway point, where the optimist is said to see the glass as half full, but the pessimist sees the glass as half empty. Optimists tend to see adversity as temporary; more specifically they view the obstacle as limited to the situation and not generalized. 1) How does the personality trait develop in humans....   [tags: Happiness, Psychology]

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On the Roads optimism

- In Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road, the narrator, Sal Paradise offers up to us what seems to be a very optimistic view on life. He is forever singing the praises of how wonderful his adventures will be and his high expectations for the future. To Sal, the novel is defined by youthful exuberance and unabashed optimism for the new experiences that he sets out to find. A deeper look into the novel, as well as a look at some of the critics who have written on it, reveals a much darker side, a more pessimistic and sad aspect that Sal simply fails to realize until the very close of the action....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Handful of Optimism

- A Handful of Optimism Despite race, religion, sex, or age the world can be divided into two different groups. Those who see the glass as being half full and those who see the glass as being half empty. In other words, being either that of an optimist or a pessimist. Though a simple question, often times people find it difficult to answer. Just when one thinks they have decided that they are one or the other, they come across a song, poem, or an experience that makes them reevaluate the mind frame from that which they have normally embraced....   [tags: Eliot Maddy Waste Land Essays]

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Dispositional Optimism

- Behaviorism is an essential part of our daily lives since it reflects how we learn and deal with varying circumstances. Schacter, Gilbert and Wegner (2011) states that behaviorism restricts psychologists to focus purely on observable behavior; it rejects the emphasis of the conscious and unconscious mind (p. 16). Ivan Pavlov, who was a Russian physiologist, discovered this concept when he researched the role that saliva played on digestion. In his experiment, he gave the dogs’ meat powder to see how they would salivate to it....   [tags: Psychology, Behaviorism]

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Analysis Of Candide And Optimism, The Events That Occur Within The Novel ' Candide Or Optimism

- One of the major themes of this novel is optimism considering the title is Candide or Optimism, the events that occur within the novel are for the best in the best possible world that there could ever be. The novel is humorous in the fact that Pangloss is such a believer of optimism, but is tortured until the end. There is no rhyme or reason as to why he goes through all of this with the outcome, but seems to be contradicting. As a philosopher himself Voltaire made a joke out of Pangloss because of the reasons that were stated....   [tags: Candide, Voltaire, Best of all possible worlds]

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Optimism and Pessimism in Voltaire’s Candide

- In Voltaire’s Candide, we are taken by the hand through an adventure which spanned two continents, several countries, and to a multitude of adverse characters. The protagonist, Candide, became the recipient of the horrors which would be faced by any person in the 18th century. But Candide was always accompanied with fellows sufferers, two of which our focus will lay, Pangloss and Martin. In equal respects, both are embodiments of different philosophies of the time: Pangloss the proponent of Optimism and Martin the proponent of Pessimism....   [tags: Voltaire, Candide]

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Candide 's Philosophy Of Philosophical Optimism

- In Voltaire’s Candide, he discredits the thinkings of the other Enlightenment thinkers, mocking their ideas through his portrayal of characters. Throughout the novel, he comments on the ideologies of different philosophies by depicting the travels, and subsequent changes in ways of thinking of Candide, the novel’s main character. Although Candide initially subscribes to Pangloss’s philosophy of Philosophical Optimism, throughout the novel, Candide is exposed to the ways of thinking of Cacambo, who believes that no one philosophy is able to encapsule the world, and Martin, who asserts, contrary to Pangloss, that nothing in the world is right or reasonable....   [tags: Candide, Voltaire, Bildungsroman, Zadig]

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Candide: Voltaire against Leibniz’ Optimism?

- Candide: Voltaire against Leibniz’ Optimism. François-Marie Arouet, better known under his pen name Voltaire, was one of the leading philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment. He is considered the epitome of the eighteenth century, which has been named le siècle de Voltaire. His philosophical novel or conte, Candide, was published in 1759 and remains one of his most well known and widely read of his works—particularly for the English reader. In one part of his Columbia dissertation “Voltaire and Leibniz,” Richard A....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Voltaire's Candide as an Attack on Optimism

- Voltaire's Attack on Optimism in Candide      Leibnitz emphasized, in his Discours de Metaphysique (Discourse on Metaphysics) (1686) the role of a benevolent creator. He called the constituent components of the universe monads, and while the philosophy of monads is of little concern to readers of Candide, the conclusion which Leibnitz drew from these monads is crucial to an understanding of optimism.             Leibnitz argued that all of these monads were linked in a complex chain of cause and effect and that this linking had been done by a divine creator as he created the harmonious universe....   [tags: Candide essays]

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Optimism in Modern Psychology: The Power of Positive Thinking

- Throughout history great minds have wondered how individuals differed, and why they acted in particular ways. Traits are defined as non-ending dimensions of personality on which people vary (Carver, C., & Scheier M. 2012). Once traits were established they were researched and investigated for their own unique and credible differences from other traits. One interesting trait that has been extensively researched is optimism. From the great lyrical workings of Voltaire, whose stances were those of fact and intellectualized conclusions, to the life changing writings of Eleanor Porter, optimism as a trait was a unique and complex concept....   [tags: Voltaire, Eleanor Porter, Polyanna]

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Optimism or Pessimism in A Raisin in the Sun

- Optimism or Pessimism in A Raisin in the Sun “Is your glass haft empty or haft full?” This saying perfectly describes what optimism opposed to pessimism is. Some people always see their glass haft empty, others haft full. The majority of people see their glass haft full some days and on other days haft empty. Our outlook on life is intimately related to the situation we are in and whether or not we believe we can get through the hard times. In the play A raison in the sun certain characters are more optimistic than others....   [tags: Raisin Sun Play Analysis]

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Optimism And Pessimism On Mental Health And Physical Health

- It has become widely accepted that optimism serves as a predictor of positive health outcomes (Rasmussen, H., Scheier, M., & Greenhouse, J., 2009). One particular study assessed the role of optimism and pessimism in children and adolescents. This study revealed the importance of developing optimism in children as it serves as a protective factor, not just in daily life hassles, but in medical complications as well. Furthermore, having an optimistic outlook on the future serves as a predictor of better medication and medical treatment adherence in children and adolescence with chronic illnesses....   [tags: Medicine, Health care, Personal life, Health]

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The Problem with Optimism in Habral and Voltaire

- The Problem with Optimism in Habral and Voltaire Bohumil Hrabal’s I Served The King of England follows Ditie, a vertically challenged hotel busboy, through his experiences and adventures, which, in effect, alter his philosophies about life. In an eighteenth century parallel, French satirist Voltaire takes his title character, Candide on a long, perilous journey that results in a similar shift in beliefs. Characteristically, Ditie is similar to Candide, both men are very naïve by nature and eternally optimistic about the worlds they live in....   [tags: Free Essays Online]

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Candide- A Contrast To Optimism

- Candide- A Contrast to Optimism Francis Marie Arouet de Voltaire was the French author of the novella Candide, also known as “Optimism”(Durant and Durant 724). Many of Voltaire’s works were popular in Europe during his time, yet it is his satire, Candide, which is still studied today. In Candide, Voltaire sought to point out the fallacy of Gottfried William von Leibniz’s philosophy by criticizing worldly superiority, the theory of optimism, and the brutality of war. Leibniz theorized that God, having the ability to pick from an infinite number of worlds, chose this world, “the best of all possible worlds”(18)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Optimism Vs Pessimism Vs Realism Vs. Realism

- Optimism vs. Pessimism/ Realism vs. Who’s Right Towards the beginning of this novel, we meet the character Candide, who throughout the novel, Candide by Voltaire, was exposed to not only the philosophical idea of optimism, but also a dose of Pessimism and Realism. The question that arose from the novel however is what philosophical thought is right. It wasn’t until the last chapter where Candide says, “We must cultivate our garden,” which is essentially his own understanding of the events he has experienced....   [tags: Candide, Voltaire, Pessimism]

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Patterns of Optimism in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

- ​ Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, at first glance, is an incredibly dark read. However, that trait evaporates after one's first cursory read. Once it's text is more thoroughly perused, a pattern of optimism erupts between passages. If one dares to dive deeper into the meaning behind the book, many reasons surface. For example, the story, all in all, had a happy ending. Also, the themes were only represented among a very small pool of data. Lastly, the representation of evil in the book insinuates even greater things of goodness....   [tags: darkness, humanity, goodness]

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The Women Of England By Mary Robinson And Candide, Or Optimism By Voltaire

- Women vs. Men Throughout the month of August and the beginning of September, Mrs. Crane-Post assigned her class to read three short stories. These stories come from the Enlightenment period, also known as the Age of Reason, meaning the revolution of intellectual skepticism to traditional beliefs. This era took place during the eighteenth century. Throughout the Enlightenment many books, essay, inventions, scientific discoveries, laws, wars and revolutions went about. Two of those three stories were; Letter to the Women of England by Mary Robinson and Candide, or Optimism by Voltaire....   [tags: Gender role, Short story, Voltaire]

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Voltaire's Candide as Vehicle to Discredit Optimism

- Voltaire's Candide as Vehicle to Discredit Optimism    Optimism was an attractive to many because it answered a profound philosophical question: if God is omnipotent and benevolent, then why is there so much evil in the world. Optimism provides an easy way out: God has made everything for the best, and even though one might experience personal misfortune, God (via your misfortune) is still helping the greater good.               Voltaire's experiences led him to dismiss the idea that this is the best of all possible worlds....   [tags: Candide essays]

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Essay on Voltaire's Candide - Optimism in Candide

- Optimism in Candide Voltaire's Candide uses anti-heroism as an object of mockery against the philosophers of the Enlightenment. Candide, the hero of the novel travels around the world where he encounters many difficulties. During his travels, he sticks to the teaching of his tutor, Doctor Pangloss, believing that "everything is for the best" (3). Voltaire points out the illogicality of this doctrine, "if Columbus had not caught, on an American island, this sickness which attacks the source of generation [...] we should have neither chocolate or cochineal" (8)....   [tags: Candide essays]

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Voltaire's Candide Exposes Extreme Optimism

- Philosophy of Extreme Optimism in Candide It is often said that a person's life is shaped when he or she is a child. This is very much so with Candide - Pangloss was his tutor in "metaphysico-theologo-cosmolonigology" (Voltaire 18) since Candide was a child, and instilled into Candide's mind his philosophy of extreme optimism. Pangloss belief that "all is for the best in this world" (24) somewhat stays with Candide throughout his travels and is more of a burden to him than anything else....   [tags: Candide essays]

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Optimism in Poetry

- “Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear, and with a manly heart.” This is a saying Longfellow read in Germany where his wife died. The words gave him hope for the future. It inspired him to want to write a series of psalms. The first one, “A Psalm of Life” written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is an uplifting poem that compels us to feel hope for the future. After reading it the first time it had a powerful effect on me....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Glass Half Full Or Half Empty

- “Is the glass half full or half empty”, a famous idiom, used to determine whether someone is an optimist or a pessimist. Even though seeing the glass half-full or having great expectations in life is a good thing, there is one fact we cannot deny; the fact that the glass is also half empty. To be able to deal with life with as few disappointments as possible, one needs to be an optimistic person, who has a healthy proportion of expectations and “what if” attitude so that one can be flexible when fails....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism]

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Optimism in Fahrenheit 451, Invictus, Freedom to Breathe, and The Nobel Acceptance

- There’s optimism in all literature known to man if not optimism then it would be pessimism. They are the basis of any literature work. It’s found in many books and poems today. In the novel Fahrenheit451 by Ray Bradbury evaluates the theme of optimism. The author Ray Bradbury writes about a guy named Montag who is in a society where firemen burn houses instead of putting fires out. Montag seeks out the good in the books which are banned in this dystopian society where knowledge is forbidden to rise from society....   [tags: Synthesis Essays]

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The Progressive Movements Throughout Time

- The progressive movements throughout time can be profoundly expressed through the eyes of the optimistic. The persistent world view that interprets situations and events as being simply the best is not just a mental attitude, but a type of character which cannot be changed. One can argue that an optimistic person will be sanguine nearly in every burdensome situation in order to try to find something positive in it. Without optimism, of course, the world would never be so colorful and different; there would be no inventions, masterpieces of art, or graceful architecture....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism]

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Strength, Resilience, Hope, And Optimism Levels Of Positive Psychological Capital

- Using Strengths to Increase Motivation Everyone wants to benefit from the time spent and investment made towards their career and can do just that by understanding their levels of psychological capital. The high levels of positive psychological capital (PsyCap) include efficacy, resilience, hope, and optimism (Kinicki, 2015). An individual’s levels of positive psychological capital are flexible and can be developed over time. To understand what efficacy, resilience, hope, and optimism levels an individual is at a self-assessment is required....   [tags: Motivation, Employment, Self-determination theory]

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Voltaire 's View Of Hope And Optimism Vs. Reality Candide

- Many ideals of the Enlightenment can be seen in Voltaire’s Candide. The Enlightenment was a philosophical movement of the eighteenth century, which was characterized by reason and by changes in education, religious, and political views. Voltaire depicted these ideas and his personal thoughts on the Enlightenment within his novel Candide. One of the main ideas in this story is Voltaire’s view of hope and optimism versus the reality Candide encounters during his adventures throughout the story. Voltaire has an unconventional way of exaggerating contrast of Candide’s optimism and misfortune that makes the reading intriguing....   [tags: Candide, Voltaire, El Dorado, Age of Enlightenment]

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I Am An Occasional Pessimist

- “To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer… the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.” Although I appreciate the humor in this joke, it has provoked me to consider my worldview. The statement makes the assumption that pessimism, optimism, and engineering are mutually exclusive concepts; however, I have found that it takes a combination of all three ways of thinking to be successful. I admit it: I am an occasional pessimist. Although that term usually carries a negative connotation and such a statement seems like self-condemnation, I actually believe it is one of my strengths....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism]

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A Note On My Greatest Strength

- It takes either somebody really brilliant, or absolutely insane to get up and smile after being beaten down time and time again. My greatest strength is undoubtedly what many would consider to be a huge weakness. To the onlooker, it might even seem as if I am constantly lifting my spirits only to get knocked back down once again-- seeing only the best in people as to render myself naive and bound to get hurt. Even so, this mindset of seeing the world as something beautiful and allowing myself to believe that good will always come is most certainly not a regret of mine....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism]

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Abe K Ō B Ō

- Abe Kōbō had a method with his stories and plays, that captivated his audiences through the complexities of his plots as well as the obscure meanings within them. His use of suspense and charm help keep his audience on their toes, while his disjointed plots help guide the readers to emotions and thoughts that are outside of the normal spectrum of ideas. This approach of evoking powerful emotions such as fear and confusion through a literary standpoint can have a strong impact on the reader. This impact is seen through the significance of the protagonist turning into a plant in the story, "Dendrocacalia" by Abe Kōbō....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism]

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Use of Satire to Attack Optimism in Voltaire's Candide

- Use of Satire to Attack Optimism in Voltaire's Candide     In its time, satire was a powerful tool for political assault on Europe's corrupt and deteriorating society. Voltaire's Candide uses satire to vibrantly and sarcastically portray optimism, a philosophical view from the Enlightenment used to bury the horrors of 18th century life: superstition, sexually transmitted diseases, aristocracy, the church, tyrannical rulers, civil and religious wars, and the cruel punishment of the innocent....   [tags: Candide essays]

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Essay on Voltaire's Candide - Fallacy of Optimism Exposed

- Fallacy of Optimism Exposed in Candide In Candide, Voltaire paints a dismal and satirical view of the world. Voltaire paints a pessimistic portrait of a naïve youth who is raised to believe that this is best of all worlds. Time and again, Voltaire clearly portrays his belief that this is not the best of all possible worlds.   The characters of the story face great adversity. In chapter 10, Cunegonde states that her misfortune is so great that she does not see how the old woman's story of woe can surpass her own....   [tags: Candide essays]

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Essay on Voltaire's Candide - Voltaire's Opposition to Optimism

- Voltaire’s Opposition to Optimism in Candide Philosophy is a means by which humans search for a general understanding of the world and its concepts. Through experience, thought, and observation, one can arrive at a conclusion that forms the basis of his ideas. However, if one simply thinks and does not act, this conclusion does not make any significant difference on his life. This is a major point that Voltaire tries to make in Candide. He is trying to change society by demonstrating the absurdity of optimism....   [tags: Candide essays pessimism pessimist philosophy]

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Reacting against Victorian optimism and to the horrors of the 20th

- Reacting against Victorian optimism and to the horrors of the 20th Century, William Golding chose to express his anti-Utopian views about humanity in Lord of the Flies (1954). Explore how Golding crafts his narrative in order to voice his philosophical views about man's essential illness. To what extent do you agree with his views. Golding's dystopian views of 'man's essential illness' are derived from his experience of 20th Century warfare. 'Lord of the Flies' is a fable in which Golding displays man's flaws inside a microcosm....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Question of Pure Optimism in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- The Question of Pure Optimism in Their Eyes Were Watching God In Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie goes through several relationships before "[s]he pulled in her horizon like a great fish net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder" (p. 184). In other words, not all the experiences that helped her to gain control of her life were positive ones. These experiences can be put into one of four relationships: Nanny, Logan Killicks, Jody Starks, and Tea Cake....   [tags: Papers]

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Free College Essays - Optimism in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Optimism in Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider) The novel The Stranger by Albert Camus can be viewed from several different perspectives. Some people see this book as a "slap to the face" or an insult. Others, however, find the views expressed in this novel to be comforting and optimistic. Just as there are many different people in the world, there are many different interpretations and opinions surrounding this novel. I have found The Stranger to be a novel that is uplifting and reassuring and, therefore, wonderful ....   [tags: The Stranger The Outsider]

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How The Candide Can Change Your Life

- How Reading Candide Can Change Your Life Reading Candide can show you the optimism in the world. Candide shows many people the good of being optimistic. The whole story is centered around optimism, hence the name, “Candide, or Optimism.” This is an important factor in life in general and it 's a trait that 's important to have. Without optimism, there would be nothing. We would all be miserable. Everyone has a bit of optimism in them. If we didn 't, life would be a whole lot harder. Realizing you need optimism to live your life to the fullest by reading Candide, Candide can change your life....   [tags: Candide, Voltaire, Syphilis, Optimism]

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The Use of Satire in Voltaire’s Candide by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

- ... The article states: “Leibniz isn't concerned with the world he observes but with the world his mathematical formula can prove”. Leibniz ignored the problems and flaws in society that were so clearly in front of him because his logic rendered them impossible. This is where the conflict first began to arise between Leibniz and Voltaire. Voltaire believes, as communicated in Candide, that what humans are able to observe directly does not match up with the mathematical formula Leibniz backs so strongly....   [tags: philosophical optimism, god]

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How Voltaire utilizes Candide, Pangloss,and Martin to satirize how blind optimism hinders the perception of reality

- Blind optimism has concealed the eyes of human beings from the defects of the world since the age of Enlightenment. Defying the archaic thinking of society, Voltaire searched for practical and useful knowledge to explain the world he lived in. Voltaire mocked philosophers, such as Leibniz ,who believed in the “best of all possible worlds” ,and presupposed that all things happen for a reason rather than convincing himself that good and bad are one and the same( 12). The term blind optimism refers to naievty, or having a tendency to expect the best of all possible outcomes and never accepting conclusions in a negative way....   [tags: Age of Enlightenment, Character Analysis]

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The Expoitation of Jewish Denial of Anti-Semitism

- The Nazis systematically exploited the Jews in many ways, but a subtle, and lesser-known approach they used was to silently capitalize on the positive-thinking of the Jews. The Jews consistently denied reality during the Holocaust in an effort to shield themselves from the horrors that were occurring to their people. Many historical pundits see the Jews’ collective denial of their genocide as a mere lack of awareness, despite obvious evidence of the ubiquity of Nazi anti-Semitism at the time. It is clear that the Jews were wrong to deny reality during the Holocaust because it prevented a possible means of escape for them, concealed evil with optimism, and hindered their decision-making proce...   [tags: holocaust, optimism, nazi]

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The Analysis of the Author´s Viewpoint in a Rose for Emily

- The interesting narrator of “A Rose for Emily” are the first people. Frequently mentioning to themselves as “we.” The narrator talks occasionally for both the Jefferson men and the women. It additionally stretches over three generations: the Jefferson’s, Miss Emily’s Father, Miss Emily’s, and the “newer generation,” composed of the children of Miss Emily’s generation. The narrator is rather though on the first two generations, and it’s not difficult to perceive how their approach to Miss Emily may have drove her to her breakdown....   [tags: generations, tone, optimism]

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The Problem Of Self Actualizing Tendency

- Self-actualizing tendency is defined in our lecture notes as a basic hierarchy of needs, an innate drive towards personal goals. People often see this as a pyramid of needs. It is the human motive toward realizing our inner potential (Schreier, November 16, 2014). Joe Benoit is a perfect example of the self-actualizing tendency. Joe, while facing cancer multiple times, didn’t let this stop him. Mid blood transfusion Joe claimed he was going to be around awhile longer and that he was going to sing in the show....   [tags: Psychology, Trait theory, Optimism]

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A Reflection On The Mind Over Matter

- This article above all else reaffirms my strong belief that the phrase “mind over matter” is one of the most accurate saying uttered by man in our brief existence. The mind has always had the power to heal and destroy. This can be proven throughout the thousands of years of recorded history that we have at our disposal. Though this article was recently written. It is obvious that man, perhaps instinctually, always knew to some extent that the best way to live was with an optimistic point of view....   [tags: Thought, Mind, Pessimism, Optimism]

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The Is Not A Crisis

- In life there are many times when we experience hardships, challenging times, and crisis. During these tough times, we are tested; our ability to stay positive is certainly tested during these times as well. We tend to get down on ourselves and in turn, we start feeling as if the world is against us. Everything that we do goes wrong, no matter what we do. Then we begin to doubt ourselves and get deeper into the pit. The author is no different; there have been times when the author has gone through a challenging experience or a crisis....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism, Motivation]

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Practical Applications and Approaches of Persuasion

- ... This change will cut down on employee and customer complaints to management. I was talking to my peer about getting out of an abusive relationship. The approach I would use in this situation would be to appeal to emotion. It hurts my heart to hear or see Ann cry about what her and her husband are going through. This relationship is not healthy and she needs to get away from him before something terrible happens. Ann feels since she took vows she has to stay in the marriage, but if it hurting her we feel she should not stay....   [tags: reason, emotion, optimism ]

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Changes During The Booming 1950s

- The Booming 1950s After World War II, changes occurred throughout the world and people experienced life differently. Parts of the world struggled to rebuild from the devastation of the war, while people in North America saw the economy boom and live improve. The increased demand for military goods resulted in enhanced manufacturing. In Canada, with the troops returning and getting married, causing a baby boom, there was increased large-scale production of a variety of products, which helped to boost its economy....   [tags: industrialism, consumerism, optimism]

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Personal Statement On Emotional Skills

- In life, a person experiences different types of situations that bring forth certain emotions and behaviors. Oftentimes, it benefits people if they try to look inside themselves to discover why they act a certain way during various moments of their lives. In this essay, I will be investigating my own reactions to life events and discovering certain positive elements that should be encouraged or any negative aspects of my behavior that need to be changed. First of all, each person has some strong characteristics and qualities....   [tags: Psychology, Emotion, Optimism, Feeling]

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Is Life Really Getting Better?

- Is life really getting better. According to Matt Ridley we have everything to be thankful for and much to look forward in the future. From the Stone Age to just a few years ago we have come a long way in bettering our lives and those of world we live in. Food is becoming more available and efficient in the land that it uses; people are living longer and being able to use their time for luxurious activities instead of slaving away for survival of the individual. If we continue down this path than our future will be even better than what we can imagine now....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism, Better, Time]

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Forgiveness and Gratitud Among Students

- ... An perspective of gratitude in addition to forgiveness spills over right into all aspects of 1’s lifestyles and the next advantages may also be enjoyd: reduced pressure levels and strengthend talent to take care of tensionful state of affairss or predicament, enhanced sense of well-being and happiness, strengthening of courtings, develop intoation of anger into forgiveness, worry into courage. (Emmons & McCullough, 2003; Watkins, 2004). Appreciating and forgiving others promotes peace, joy and contentment in any given situation....   [tags: forgiveness, tolerance, optimism]

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Use of Satire to Target Religion, Military, and Optimism in Voltaire's Candide

- Use of Satire to Target Religion, Military, and Optimism in Voltaire's Candide   In his work, Candide, Voltaire uses satire as a means of conveying his opinions about many aspects of European society in the eighteenth century.  Voltaire successfully criticizes religion, the military, and the philosophy of optimism.  Religious leaders are the targets of satire throughout Candide. Voltaire portrays the religious clergy as men who use their positions to further their own causes. In addition, the priests keep the less fortunate oppressed, so the clergy members can continue to enjoy extravagant luxuries....   [tags: Candide Voltaire essays]

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Optimism in the Long Run

- The Wall Street Journal (2014) published an article on January 30th, 2014 discussing the macroeconomic factors that reflect a growing U.S. economy. Some of the key macroeconomic indices discussed include: 1. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) 2. Inflation 3. Trade Deficit. Within these macroeconomic indices lie several of the top ten general economic principles to include: 1. People respond to incentives 2. Trade can make everyone better off 3. A country’s standard of living depends on its ability to produce goods and services 4. Prices rise when the government prints too much money 5. Markets are usually a good way to organize economic activity U.S....   [tags: trade, economics, wall street journal]

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Happiness Is A Choice

- What is happiness. Happiness is an inner state of well-being and fulfilment, and therefore it has to come from inside. Every individual has his or her own emotions and way of thinking and as a result of this no one can really say what happiness is and what happiness is not. However, universally, happiness is a by-product of a healthy attitude and viewpoint. Happiness exists in everyone whether they choose to acknowledge and believe it or not. It is not rare nor is it something only the elite have: everyone has it but not everyone recognizes it....   [tags: perspective, optimism, attitude]

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Optimism vs. Pessimism in Pope's Essay on Man and Leapor's Essay on Woman

- Optimism vs. Pessimism in Pope's Essay on Man and Leapor's Essay on Woman     Both Alexander Pope's Essay on Man, Epistle 2 and Mary Leapor's Essay on Woman expound the fatalist contention that neither man nor woman can "win," as each individual exists in a world of trade-offs. Yet, by each author's singular technique of sculpting his ideas with the literary tools of contrast, argument, and syntax, the cores of the two essays turn back to back, evolving into distinct, but contrary perspectives of Man's (in respect to mankind) and Woman's existence....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Candide by Voltaire

- Voltaire was the author of the novella Candide, also known as "Optimism". The the novella, Voltaire portrays the idea of Optimism as being illogical and absurd. In Candide, Voltaire satirizes the doctrine of Optimism, an idea that was greatly used during the Enlightenment time period by philosophers. In this narrative, Candide is a young man who goes through a series of undertakings and ventures around the the globe where he experiences evil and adversity. Throughout his journeys, Candide maintained the ideas of the teachings of his tutor, Pangloss....   [tags: Satire of Optimism Philosophy]

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Analysis Of Voltaire 's ' Candide '

- Many people are asked the question if they are optimist and they will usually respond yes, no, or something else ,but what actually is an optimist, and is a good thing. Today optimist is defined as someone who always sees the bright side of any situation — a trait that can be either encouraging or annoying, depending on your frame of mind. In the enlightenment an optimist was defined as someone who believed that everything happened for the greater good, because of God. Many great writers of the enlightenment period,such as Voltaire, created literary works to criticize the overly optimistic society in which they lived in....   [tags: Voltaire, Candide, Optimism, Age of Enlightenment]

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Be Positive About Yourself : The Best Possible Preparation For Success

- 13. Be Positive About Yourself "A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success." - Joyce Brothers Do you want to have more success in life. Yes. Then become more positive about yourself and your capabilities and potential in life. Become more positive about what you deserve and what you can achieve. When you develop a positive mindset about your worth and capabilities, you are much more likely to put in the work that helps you become successful. This is all about confidence....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism, 2007 singles, Emotion]

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Psyhology Case Study

- Psychology Case Study The ego of a person has four important functions:1. sensation -- appropriating the external world through body stimulation2. Thinking – reasoning about experience using logic as our guide3. Feeling – responding to the affects, emotional energy, that specifies value as + or -4. Intuition – spontaneous awareness of a whole situation.These conscious functions work in pairs. The judging functions are thinking and feeling. The perceiving functions are sensation and intuition.The four unconscious or endopsychic functions reside on the fringe of ego consciousness....   [tags: ego, optimism, emotion]

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Implementing Health Habits

- ... Sleep regulates hormones, emotions, and immune system.” For this reason sleeping is my third good habit. I try to sleep about eight to ten hours each day, and between the day I try have some naps. Horseback riding is my fourth good health habit. The Toronto Star mentioned that “pets contribute to their owners to have less nervous tension, less visits to the doctor, and even more possibilities of surviving a heart attack.” Form all the pets I have, the only animal or pet that I spend the most time is with horses....   [tags: optimism, exercise, soda]

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Voltaire : Voltaire 's Candide

- Voltaire. Candide. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Classics, 1947. Print. François-Marie Arouet, or Voltaire was an Enlightenment thinker, whose ideas are portrayed in his satiric novel, Candide. In this short novel, Voltaire critiques French society of the time, and attacks Leibnizian optimism through his sarcastic representation of Professor Pangloss, one of the optimist philosophers. Throughout the book, he describes the reality of society, which is that of misery and pain. This novel was written in 1759 during the Age of Enlightenment, when Voltaire was already a known writer who was famous for his satirical wit....   [tags: Voltaire, Age of Enlightenment, Candide, Optimism]

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The Dreams Of The World And Me By Ta Nehisi Coates

- The American Dream, such a vague term, but a term that conjures so much hope. In his intellectual autobiography, Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates redefines the term to set forth his ideas of inequality and injustice. To Coates, the Dream is unlike the optimistic promises that are publicized in the media as he chooses to define the terms in relation to discrimination in the African American community. Throughout his personal letter to his son, Coates rejects the idea of the Dream and explains it as another method of suppressing those of his race....   [tags: Southern United States, Jim Crow laws, Optimism]

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The Effects Of Defensive Pessimism On Stress With Anxiety And Motivate Performance ( Norem And Cantor )

- Most individuals can attest to being too self-critical and have a pessimistic attitude towards a situation at a point in their lives. It is simple to assume that pessimistic attitudes and anxiety would be less effective in coping with stressful events, but studies indicate using defensive pessimism is effective in coping with anxiety and motivate performance (Norem and Cantor, ). Recent studies have demonstrated that rumination, or the tendency to dwell on a future event and rehearse all scenarios, is associated with negative emotions and depression....   [tags: Pessimism, Optimism, Anxiety, Nihilism]

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Analysis Of Bela 's Memoir After The War I

- The period before 1914 had been a time of relative peace, stability, and prosperity—an age of optimism. However, after 1914 and the subsequent war, the age of optimism, peace, and stability gave way to an overt pessimism, social, economic, political upheaval, and conflict. These effects are seen in Béla’s memoir when describing his experiences during World War I. Béla describes the deteriorating enthusiasm and support for the war, the tensions of nationalism in Austria-Hungary, as well as sheds light on the evolving conduct of the war....   [tags: World War I, World War II, Optimism, Pessimism]

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All Hidden : Bishop 's Personality

- From this one poem, it is actually hard to understand and fully grasp Elizabeth Bishop’s personality. She seems to be an optimist, but at the same time, she is sarcastic and almost seems to be a pessimist. Her pessimism is completely understandable if one fully comprehends her work though. In “One Art,” Bishop expects to lose anything good in her life but accepts this fate and learns to live with it. Elizabeth Bishop states her plot well, lets her audience know that the poem is about loss, and allows her intent to show....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism, Madrid Metro, The Loss]

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What Makes A Optimistic Accountant?

- For instance, an optimistic person who receives a raise will recognize that their hard work paid off and enjoy the fact that they have gotten the recognition they deserve. A pessimistic person will not understand why they got the raise and worry about there being an ulterior motive behind it, such as more work and responsibility. That worry will cause them to become paranoid and less effective at their job. 7. When It Comes To Mistakes Mistakes happen, but optimistic people and pessimistic people deal with them very differently....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism, Random act of kindness]

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Increased Optimism in During the First World War Led to Consumptive Behaviour

- Why did the decade after the First World War become the most prosperous time in American History. Americans consumed without limit and didn’t believe the good times could ever end. In the 1920’s people across the U.S. became increasingly optimistic. The Great War was over and the men were back home safe and sound. The economy was going strong, workers earned higher wages and many new jobs became available. Some of these jobs came from the rapidly growing technology industry. New inventions were popping up everywhere and Americans were more than eager to consume whatever they thought they needed....   [tags: marketing, jazz, economy]

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The Plant Of Positive Thinking

- Cultivate the Plant of Positive Thinking in the Garden of Life I believe in positive thinking because it is like a small plant which can grow huge with the help of some fertilizer and regular care. Similarly, the more I use positive thinking, the better I will be at it, and the more it will grow. I am not saying that it is easy to think positively all the time, but I believe that most of my thoughts and ideas should reflect happiness and positivity. To obtain happiness one needs to learn to be optimistic in even the most difficult situations....   [tags: Optimism, Pessimism]

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