You are probably right. But optimism and
pessimism are on a sliding scale. You may be more on the optimistic
side, but it is very likely you have some pessimism still lurking
in your mind. And if you don't right now, you may tomorrow, because
world, your own brain,
in general all function as if they had a negative bias, and if
you don't know how to protect yourself, that negativity will
worm its way into your mind, ruining a little motivation here,
spoiling a little good feeling there, and establishing an outpost
of pessimism in your mind an outpost that will grow if
you don't crush it.
Pessimism is insidious. It sneaks into
your mind against your will, bringing you down and making you
feel bad unnecessarily. You have the tools here to protect yourself
and raise your mood.
Probably the best way to use this site
would be to wait until you feel down. When you feel discouraged
or disheartened, browse around this site. The first, best place
to go is Crush
Pessimism. Do the writing exercise, and if you still feel
disheartened the next day, do it again. And every day until you
If you have a friend and you want to share
this site with her or him, but you feel sure s/he would take
offense because s/he might think, "I'm not a pessimist,"
send this post first. Many people don't know enough about optimism
and pessimism to know that it is not a matter of being one or
the other. Almost everybody is somewhere between those two extremes,
which also means almost everybody can move themselves a little
higher, and doing so will improve their health, their mood, their productivity, and
and their motivation.