Pessimists just aren’t nice to be around. All that doom and gloom drags you down. The attitude of helplessness is draining.
On the other hand, excessive optimism can be just as frustrating – particularly when it ignores the fact that there’s work to be done.
Where’s the balance?
It’s not about thinking everything will work out, but we do need to continually believe in the possibility of finding a solution.
What we need is persistent, realistic optimism.