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The tendency to look on the bright side of everything, to believe that there is good in everything.
[L. optimus, best]


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


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.
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For instance, it may be observed that when individual group members are optimistic, this optimism carries over to the rest of the group members.
Finding Two: The more optimistic the individual within a group, the more optimistic the perception of the group's optimism.
On the one hand, when an individual is optimistic then that individual is more likely to perceive group optimism more optimistically than an individual who is not initially optimistic.
Finding Three: The higher the level of optimism in a group the higher the perception of optimism by the individual members.
This finding shows the effects group optimism has on individual group member optimism.
Fourth, after the analysis, the results indicate the perception of optimism by a group member is highly related to the actual average optimism within the group.
Finding Four: The perception of optimism is directly related to the actual mean score of the individual member contribution of optimism.
The data presented in this study suggest that perception of optimism can be accurately ascertained.
Finding Five: The ascertaining of optimism can be effectively completed by any participating member of a group.
The results of this study have also provided evidence that personality characteristics of optimism and pessimism can be accurately measured.
Third, organisations with active human resource departments can benefit through the use of optimism identification in employee candidates.