Just How Optimistic Are You?

As you read this post you may be thinking back to a recent time when you reacted-- good or bad-- to an event in your life.  While it is helpful to examine some of our behaviours to see how we measure up as an optimist, there are actually a number of tests that have been devised by psychologists to do just that, and that are offered here free on the Internet.

Martin Seligman devised the Attributional Style Questionnaire originally as a measurement of prospective success of applicants to become life insurance sales people.

The Life Orientation Test was designed to measure the degree of tendancy to believe that over time one will cope better and be more successful than not.  Click here to take this short test.


If you happen to score higher on the Pessimism end of things, please don't despair!  The Internet is teeming with opportunities to learn to be an optimist... and you can practice in "real life".  If you want daily tips, please subscribe to this blog.  If you have comments or questions, please post them (you can do so anonymously) below.
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With gratitude, I base this blog on the book "Learn to be an Optimist: A Practical Guide to Achieving Happiness" by Lucy MacDonald, a Quebec-based motivational speaker with an academic background in psychology and counseling.

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