BE MORE OP­TI­MISTIC Is your glass half­full or half-empty? Take our quiz to nd out.

In the Moment - - Contents -

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.

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