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op·ti·mism

(op'ti-mizm),
The tendency to look on the bright side of everything, to believe that there is good in everything.
[L. optimus, best]

optimism

1. The philosophical doctrine that this world is the best possible one.
2. The personal characteristic of regarding only the bright side of a condition or event and of expecting a favorable result.
See: pessimism

optimism,

n attitude cultivated by an individual in which he or she believes in the positive resolution of a stressful event. In particular, persons with this mindset will use focused, externalized, and nonpersisting terms to describe his or her specific situation. Studies have shown that patients who are diagnosed with a chronic disease and adopt an optimistic attitude have improved health status.

optimism,

n the tendency to look on the bright or happy side of everything, to believe that there is good in everything.
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And Mr Verloc's morality was offended also by the optimism of Michaelis, annexed by his wealthy old lady, who had taken lately to sending him to a cottage she had in the country.
Optimism is a human trait that makes us see the glass half full, instead of half empty.
No one I have come across has done as much research on the subject of optimism as Martin Seligman.
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On the whole, optimism among North American chief financial officers (CFOs) regarding their own companies prospects remains durable, according to Deloitte s second quarter (Q2) CFO Signals survey.
AXA Business Insurance found optimism remains healthy among small and medium-sized enterprises in its latest annual Optimism Index, running at a steady 82%, but nearly one in ten fewer SMEs expect growth compared to a year ago.
Business optimism in Qatar has soared to its highest level in nearly three years, according to the Dun & Bradstreet Business Optimism Index for Qatar in the fourth quarter of 2013.
I recently stumbled onto a phenomenon know to Neuroscientists as optimism bias.
Research into optimism has found that the Irish and Brazilians are the most hopeful for the future, while people in Egypt and Lebanon are the least sanguine.
Diane Bonfiglio, assistant professor of psychology, and six Ashland University students -- Brandy Dilgard, Cassie Mosley, Melissa Welch, Jessie Bates, Niki Valentine, and Lauren Goossens - attempted to alter participants' levels of optimism and then measured the amount of time students spent working on a set of difficult puzzles.
The study by Symister and Friend (2003) indicated that social support operated through self-esteem in influencing both optimism and depression in individuals who suffer from chronic illnesses.