Reality and the Optimist

It seems clear that optimists live more interesting, fun-filled lives and actually do achieve more of their goals.  They live longer than pessimists in general.  However, some optimists are idealistic, with an airy-fairy world view and can lose focus and drift in an infinite opiate haze of unreality.  This is when hooking up with a pessimistic buddy ("the critic") can be helpful.  (I propose that we are talking about a LOVING critic and not referring to children with their tender egos.)  Here is a story of Walt Disney that illustrates my point:

The famous Walt Disney paid testament to the importance of having an internal critic as well as an internal optimistic during the creation of some of his most spectacular work. By combining the two mindsets, Disney was able to produce balanced work that was well grounded and equally ambitious.
~Mind Sport Live_________________________________________

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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