What does optimism mean? Basically, it means focusing on the positive aspects of life. I consider myself to be an optimist because I always hope and expect events and plans, and everything surrounding me to turn out well, and that I look with a smile, positive attitude on the future.
I’m absolutely sure that being optimistic is a lot better than being pessimistic. In my opinion, pessimism is disastrous. It ruins hope and possibilities. If a person is pessimistic, he doesn’t hope for a better future and doesn’t anything towards achieving his goal.
When the pessimistic person encounters obstacles along the way, they seem enormous to him, and he doubts his ability and is therefore unwilling to overcome them. In the long run, he will just stay where he is, and won’t make any progress in his life. People can waste years, even their whole lives, because of pessimism. (Latumahina, 2007).
Seeing only the negative aspects of any situation can cause the person to miss opportunities, neglect problems that need to be solved, and fail to take action that would otherwise improve his relationships and quality of life.
I also think that it is impossible for a person to have a totally smooth and happy life; he will always face difficulties, frustrations and dissatisfactions in his life. When encountering frustration, if one can keep an optimistic, confident and open-minded outlook, like myself, he will be able to change an ordinary, boring life into a rich one full of bright and positive emotions, a difficult life into a relaxed one and even the suffering into beautiful and precious experiences.
Being optimistic doesn’t mean waiting for things to happen by themselves. It means expecting the best, believing that the best will happen, but at the same time making decisions, following them, acting and making things happen.
From my personal experience I can give you some advice why being an optimist is always better than being a pessimist. I’m absolutely sure that optimism keeps you motivated and energetic, pursuing what you want with ambition, confidence and happiness. Optimism helps you focus on your vision, and makes everyday a happy day. (Sasson, 2008).