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EfeX Positivity Matters, Week 1: Positivity Matters, Day 3: Are we optimistic from birth?

Updated: Jan 18, 2023

Author: Ani.

Editor: David Thomas M. Ed (TESOL), Learning & Curriculum Trainer @EfeX Center

Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Optimists see possibilities. Pessimists expect problems.

Were they born that way? Yes. Studies suggest that our brains are wired for positivity or negativity. Does it mean pessimists are always unhelpful? No! Caution, attentiveness, and looking for weaknesses can all be constructive. But so are positive thinking, risk-taking, and looking for opportunities.

Optimism or pessimism comes from our emotions, thoughts, expectations and habits. They are influenced by our experiences, and the time and resources available. It’s not just a matter of mood. Martin Seligman, a clinical psychologist and author of Learned Optimism, states that pessimists can learn to think with a positive perspective.

It just takes awareness, consistent practice, and the occasional smile. Start today!

See you tomorrow for A MINUTE of POSITIVITY with EfeX!

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