Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

12 Characteristics of OPTIMISTS

The power of optimism leads to a thankful perspective.  Optimists are thankful for what they have and they bring light into darkened places.  As Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “The person who has stopped being thankful has fallen asleep in life.”  In his best selling book, The Power of Optimism, Alan Loy McGinnis spells out 12 characteristics of tough-minded optimists who choose to see life through the power of positive anticipation:

1.  Optimists are seldom surprised by trouble.

2.  Optimists look for partial solutions.

3.  Optimists believe they have control over their future.

4.  Optimists allow for regular renewal.

5.  Optimists interrupt their negative trains of thought.

6.  Optimists heighten their powers of appreciation.

7.  Optimists use their imaginations to rehearse success.

8.  Optimists are cheerful even when they can’t be happy.

9.  Optimists believe they have an almost unlimited capacity for stretching.

10.  Optimists build lots of love into their lives.

11.  Optimists like to swap good news.

12.  Optimists accept what cannot be changed.

            As we stand in the doorway crossing from one year to the next, let’s make a conscious decision to be more of an optimist in 2014.  What do you want your life to be like on December 31, 2014?  What needs to change to insure positive results?  We don’t have to be like the Roman god, Janus, we can choose to be more single-minded.

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