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A Call for Optimism

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hearing the gloom and doom news about the economy and our future. While I try to minimize my exposure to negativity, sometimes it is hard to keep smiling and pursue optimism.

My efforts to do so was emboldened by an article I received years ago by Eileen McDargh. It is titled: Today’s Economy Demands A Critical Skill: Optimism.

Please check out the entire article, but some of her key recommendations, with which I heartily concur, are:

  • Focus on what you can control.
  • Reframe the event so that you are not a victim.
  • Cultivate optimistic responses.
  • Refuse to watch or read anything that puts a dark pall over your day.
  • Refuse to participate in a chorus of negative conversations.

Don’t let the news media color your world or your outlook on life. If we buy into their slant on the news, we merely serve to fulfill it. We can have the same concern with social media too.

As for me, I prefer to ignore the pundits and naysayers, envisioning instead a bright and promising future. There will be good days ahead and I’m doing all I can to realize them sooner instead of later.

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