Passive vs active optimism

Passive vs active optimism

by Dr Tim Sharp (aka Dr Happy)

I’m pretty sure you’re all familiar with the idea of “optimism”; and more so, that it brings with it many health and wellbeing benefits…

…but do you know that optimism is often misunderstood? And are you really aware that there are helpful AND unhelpful definitions of optimism?

Real optimism is invaluable. People who get it right enjoy numerous benefits including:

  • more happiness
  • better health
  • greater resilience
  • more positive relationships
  • and even longer lives!

But “real optimism” requires action. To a point it’s true to say “it’s the thought that counts”; but thoughts count for little without accompanying actions. That is, I can sit and think about all the things I want to enjoy and to achieve in life, but if I don’t get up and DO SOMETHING they’re unlikely to come to me!

And this is the mistake many make; they engage in “passive optimism”. Sitting and hoping and wishing, WITHOUT DOING. Few things in life are more likely to bring disappointment.

Action won’t always bring happiness and success; but there never be any happiness and success without action!

So think positive thoughts; dream and wish as much as you like. But make sure you follow this up with real and meaningful action; with focused deeds designed to bring about desirable outcomes.

…So that’s today’s mailing. Take some time to reflect upon the message and how it might apply to you. Check out, also, the links below for some additional readings and resources.

I hope it helps you enjoy some more happiness. Until next time…

Keep well & keep smiling
Tim Sharp (aka Dr Happy)