BE MORE OPTIMISTIC Is your glass halffull or half-empty? Take our quiz to nd out.
WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS, DO YOU MAKE LEMONADE OR EXPECT EVERYTHING TO TURN SOUR? TAKE THIS QUIZ FROM ANNIKA ROSE TO FIND OUT, THEN TURN TO PAGE 27 FOR TIPS ON HOW TO LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE “The optimist
invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.” George Bernard Shaw
O ptimism is the ability to see things in a positive light, even if the situation itself is not a positive one. Some people have an innately optimistic view of the world that carries them through tricky times; for others it can be a struggle to see anything but the negatives. While both optimism and pessimism can be useful in making big decisions, a generally optimistic outlook on life can have numerous bene ts for your wellbeing.
WHEN YOU FIND OUT THAT YOU’VE ACED AN EXAM, YOUR FIRST THOUGHT IS USUALLY:
“It’s a fluke, I didn’t deserve the grade and I bet I’ll never get a score that high ever again.“
“I’m happy with my grade, now I’ll have to work hard to keep it up.” “Hooray! I’m top of the class!
I always do well on tests.”
YOU’RE FACED WITH AN UNCERTAIN SITUATION. DO YOU EXPECT THINGS TO GO WELL?
Never. More often than not. All the time.
YOUR FRIEND SENDS YOU AN ADVERT FOR YOUR DREAM JOB, WHAT DO YOU DO?
Ignore it. You’re convinced that you’re not good enough to get it and you’d only make a fool of yourself if you were to apply.
Read the job description thoroughly and imagine working with a new team. You know you have to give it a shot. Immediately hand your resignation to your current boss. This job has your name on it!
HOW MUCH DO YOU AGREE WITH THE STATEMENT “IF IT CAN GO WRONG FOR ME, IT USUALLY WILL”?
A lot. Somewhat. Not at all.
YOU FIND A TWENTY POUND NOTE IN THE POCKET OF YOUR OLD JEANS. DO YOU:
Complain that it wasn’t a fifty.
Feel grateful and decide to treat yourself to a cake with your coffee today.
Spend it all immediately on lottery tickets - you’re lady luck after all!
AFTER A TRIVIAL ARGUMENT WITH YOUR PARTNER, DO YOU FEEL:
That your life is about to fall apart and you’re to blame. You may as well end the relationship now, what’s the point?
That maybe you need to take time to reflect on what you can take ownership of and how you’ll avoid something so trivial blowing up in future. That was silly! That you’ve hit a speed bump, but that it’s normal in any relationship. You will work it out together and no doubt everything will be fine in an hour or two.