Updated: Aug 11
Optimism means looking for the good in what is happening around you and to you, expecting things to go well, believing that it is possible to make things better. It is easier to overcome problems, stay focused on a goal, and learn with an optimistic attitude. Not only does research report many benefits such as these, but also many people have testified to the value of an optimistic attitude. Here are some quotes to inspire:
“They can because they think they can.” Virgil
“Don’t let your failures define you—let them teach you.” Barack Obama
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” Marcus Aurelius
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
In Mission:CONTROL!, Joseph’s mom helped him learn from his response when asked to turn off the TV. As Barack Obama said, he didn’t let his failures define him, but rather he was able to picture himself in the future among the stars, as Marcus Aurelius advised almost 2000 years ago!
Episodic memory is the capacity to imagine the future and act accordingly. It is what allowed Joseph to predict how the future might make us feel.
So, how can you help your child be more optimistic? Try these tips:
Look for the silver lining, adopt an attitude of gratitude and journal your thoughts, and focus on what you have control over.
Steps to take
Small step: Identify what you are optimistic about and find a quote that inspires you.
Advanced step: Help your child with journaling feelings. biglifejournal.com is a great place to start.
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