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I Am An Optimist

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    Nurturing the Wellspring of Hope

    The early phases of my young adulthood saw a sharp rise in my sense of optimism. At first, it sprang from a boundless sense of idealism, unfettered by the burns of sustained exposure that leave so many jaded. In the years since, that spring has required ever more pressure to...
    effervescence effervescence 22-25, M Jul 10, 2013

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    I Know of No Other Way to Be

    Some ideas that keep me believing there is no other way. ~~~ Lucille Ball One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. Kahlil Gibran The optimist sees...
    Josie06 Josie06 56-60, F 4 Responses Oct 16, 2008

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    Boyfriend-Free Home-Holiday Or, Envy Vs. Jealousy

    My Man-Friend, we’ll call him Greg, is going to Montreal this weekend. I’m sad about it, but my sadness stems mostly from envy. Or jealousy. There is a difference between the two but I’m not sure which is which. Okay, I’m envious, because he has something that I want. I...
    tuesdaymarie tuesdaymarie 22-25 Jun 19, 2012

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    It's the only way to live!

    What is the point of being negative?   All it does is buy you more negativity.   Being upbeat and positive generates good vibes in all those around you--even if they are small, it's something.   Bad things happen to us all, so what, that's nothing...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 6, 2008

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    In In One Of My Annoyingly Goofy And Giddy Moods.

    Feeling this way after venting and finding solutions makes me feel a lot. Happy not sad or hopeless. :'D
    oddfellow93 oddfellow93 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 16, 2013

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    It's Not Always Easy

    I haven't always been, I used to be more of a pessimist, and then I was more of a realist. But, then I wasn't really happy, I was actually really miserable. So I made it a point to try to look at things from a different perspective, so far it's worked. I am happier and I feel...
    DelightfulBabe08 DelightfulBabe08 26-30 9 Responses Sep 22, 2008

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    I feel optimist when I feel loved,

    everything change in my way to see life and understanding. So it makes me realize that being Optimist it is a choice in my mind as it is a choice to be sad because the pessimism leads to that.
    mindinmoon mindinmoon 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 13

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    Random Thought

    I strongly believe that positive attracts positive. Yes, I may be an optimist, but sometimes you just can't help thinking about the negative especially when everything seems to be going out the wrong way. In these cases, having optimistic friends would really help a lot. Being...
    zoiera zoiera 26-30, F May 1, 2013

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    Regardless of economic downturn,

    if we live according to principles that help construct and build goodness in society, prosperity shall rise and loving kindness will overflow one's soul
    otterrock otterrock 22-25, M Mar 2

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    Being Optimistic

     There is no point in anger or hatred. After all, it only hurts, and what does that help? Nothing. Nothing at all. However, optimistic people (such as me) see life how it truly should be seen: without all the negatives and with the positives. It is the greatest possible...
    Yupps Yupps 13-15, M Feb 24, 2009

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    At Least I Try

      When I am not being optimistic, I feel that's my warning sign I am definately needing help. I just try to be hopeful for whatever reason. I feel that's the last thing you lose before the spiral down to depression. That makes me feel a little bit more comfortable that if...
    dolcelina dolcelina 26-30, F Feb 24, 2009

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    Eric Sevareid once wrote: “I'm sort of a

    pessimist about tomorrow and an optimist about the day after tomorrow.” It's a brilliant sentiment; I say "ditto".
    kaltstellen kaltstellen 51-55, M Mar 11

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    Everywhere I go people say I'm perfect… it's

    crazy the way we all see things differently! I'm human like everyone else. I'm not afraid to say how I feel (respectfully) and do what I want. I just want to be happy and I want the people around me to be happy too. I've never asked anyone why they think I'm perfect. I don't...
    Smiling4Me Smiling4Me 16-17, F Mar 1

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    Feeling Down But Optimistic

    I lost my job and having a hard time finding a new one. I have a graduate degree but even still things are tough. I get very depressed at times and find myself alone with my thoughts. No one understands! One thing I have learned in life is that life is nothing more than a...
    djmc djmc 36-40, M Sep 27, 2013

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    Be Who You Destined to Be!!!!!!!

    Hi everyone......optimism is my middle name from a young age already..i indulge in smiling,laughing and i see the sunshine in all the dark spheres of lifes gaury corners.You see my philosophy is you can never cry over something or someone that cannot or who point blanks refuse...
    RUTHLESS2 RUTHLESS2 22-25 3 Responses Aug 25, 2008

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    I Always See The Light

    It does not matter how hard my situations in life has been I always come back to optimist. I always seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel. On my way on this vacation. I had to go through this tunnel near the long bridge. My situations has been like that long dark. You...
    Babeondwy Babeondwy 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 5, 2013

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    Not Always...

    i only recently realized how powerful positive energy is...  now i don't see the clouds for all the silver linings!!!
    SunnyKris SunnyKris 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 4, 2007

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    Yep That's Me

    Because the opposite is so depressing!!
    loopnscc loopnscc 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 18, 2011

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    Trying To Spread A Little Joy

    Every time I get on facebook I can't help but notice all the negativity! It's almost overwhelming for me. I feel like there aren't enough pages focusing on the positivity and beauty surrounding us in our every day life that aren't specifically focused on a particular religious...
    OliviaSaunders OliviaSaunders 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 19, 2013

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    I get negative every

    so often but I just cannot stay that way for very long. The future is filled with new opportunities...if they aren't exactly what you are hoping for they will still lead you down the path toward the future.
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    My Mantra

    I have been taught, since I was very young, perfection is in everything. Everything. And whether it started out as a basis in faith or belief that God was always there maneuvering these things, it has turned into a kind of mantra. Whenever things don't go the way I want them to...
    desieyez desieyez 18-21, F Apr 4, 2008

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    My Walk Into The Sun

    Day 1: I wake up at the sound of my alarm,I reach out to press the snooze button but the phone slips and falls down.****! That's how my day started.I drag my bottom to the bathroom and wash my face.As I look in the mirror I realize I have a new pimple on my not so pretty face.I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 8, 2012

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    Happiness Is Right Around That Corner!

    I don't know why I am an optimist, its not like I haven't been through some crappy stuff in my life, trust me, I have. Just because one endures some hardship doesn't mean that they have to have a crappy outlook on life. I may not be in the best of moods all the time but it is...
    daydreamer101 daydreamer101 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 25, 2007

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    Think Positive

    Life has all its ups and downs. One has to stay positive and hopeful, you cannot thrive in despair. I am a guy who loves thinking sunshine. I am hopeful and I believe in a better tomorrow.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 8, 2013

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    You Betcha

    I'm definitely an optimist. Sure I have my down times, like everyone, I have my moments, but I get over them and I move on and I'm always looking for the better end. I have huge amounts of hope and faith, these two attributes I think make it easier for me to find the bright spot...
    ShrubberySoup ShrubberySoup 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 7, 2009

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    Cynicism doesn't allow us to make drastic

    changes in our understanding of the world. It also forces us to feel that we are always right. That's why I'm an optimist :)
    DemonicallyPossessed DemonicallyPossessed 16-17, M Dec 28, 2013

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    Looking For The Rainbows

    Are you a person that walks in the rain or do you choose to run inside and hide from it?  I am a person that chooses to celebrate the rain.  Where someone may only see cold and dreary, I see warmth and cleansing.  When others only see the darkness of night I am focusing on the...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 7, 2011

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    Optomism Can Change the World

    Ever hear the saying that a smile goes a long way? or that you can make a big difference doing something very small? Well, I've had an expiraince like that to share. I'm generally an optomistic, outgoing, stand up for the little guy, kinda person. In middle school one time, there...
    Pheonix Pheonix 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 15, 2007

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    Fingers Crossed...................

    We..(England) need a win tonight...so I don't care what you were planning on doing....at 8.45 CET (Central European Time) you are all going to send positive vibes to the England Football team..Grizz, my Euro 2012 "expert" has predicted a 3 - 1 win to England...since he is on a...
    sparklingdiamonds sparklingdiamonds 31-35, F 5 Responses Jun 15, 2012

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    Silver Lining to Every Cloud.

    No-one has ever said so, but I think my friends may often get annoyed with the fact that I try to put a positive spin on everything, especially when it's their misfortunes. Its not that i'm unsypathetic. I do sympathise, but then rather than encourage them to be miserable by...
    BlueJan BlueJan 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 21, 2008

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    Optimism

    I somehow am able to find the good in the bad in nearly any situation. When people need to be cheered up, they always seem to come to me, because no matter how bad their situation is, I tend to be able to make them smile. Its not hard to find the light in the dark if you just...
    PoeticRejection PoeticRejection 18-21, F 8 Responses Jun 14, 2007

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    Do You Want To Now?

     If you really want to know what optimism means then read the Double Amputee stories here....Our optimism is nothing compared to theirs!Also our troubles are nothing compared to theirs! I would say they are the supreme form of mankind!
    maskedmenace maskedmenace 22-25, M 3 Responses Oct 12, 2009

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    I am Walking on water.

    In the bible in Matthew 14: 29 & 30 Peter was walking on water. I am in a difficult situation in my life. I have a great opposition I must face. I have to walk on water too. It takes faith to do this. I mention earlier Now Faith! Is the substance of things hoped for. It takes...
    Babeondwy Babeondwy 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    With Other People

    I can always see the silver lining with others. With myself,not so much...but I try.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 28, 2009

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    I Can't Afford to Not Be Optimistic - Too Expensive

    It is the only way to true anarchy. I do not consider myself to be overly-optimistic. I am not always reckless. Some people would say, actually, that I could afford to be more optimistic. I have toyed with joining the optimistic realist category, but I just don't see the point...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 12, 2007

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    The Optimist Creed

    The following version, without the title "The Optimist Creed," is quoted from Science of Mind 71 (June 1998): 50. Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To...
    RavenLee RavenLee 46-50, F 4 Responses Aug 5, 2008

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    Life Is Too Short For Negativity

    Do you ever wake up with a smile on your face?? I do most days. If I ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed, I roll over and get out on the other side. I believe there is a better side to almost everything, and if you care to look you will find beauty there too. It's easy to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 26, 2012

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    Pickle Suckers Will Never Make It Better

    "No misfortune is so bad that whining about it won't make it worse" - Jeffrey R. Holland The world is full a problems, very big and very nasty problems but only the optimists can make it a better place.  I'm a realist, I accept and embrace reality but I have a...
    DesertTruth DesertTruth 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 27, 2007

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    Very Much So

    My whole life so far has given me reasons for optimism. Although I'm "only" 22, I've seen my life steadily improving since my teen years. I barely remember the tense, dark, depressed person I once used to be.... The memories of those years are filled with a tremendous amount of...
    HereticSafiya HereticSafiya 22-25, F Jan 3, 2011

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    I Trust God all the time!

    I am smiling! I am in the mist of a storm in my life. I feel good. I feel assured. I really have something going on that the devil says, I should be worried!" Lair! I am not! worried I am so serious. I am healed by The Stripes of Jesus. Physically, mentally, spiritually...
    Babeondwy Babeondwy 41-45, F Dec 4, 2013

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    Never Was Before.

    I used to be one of the worst pessimists one could meet. In school I was a worrier and the whole world was going to end on a daily basis. Something changed when I hit college though and I'm not quite sure what even now. Today I'm a second year pharmacology student and loving it...
    meh0706 meh0706 18-21 1 Response Nov 11, 2010

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    Every time I see those posts of someone saying "I hate humanity" and asking for advice on dealing with it, all these people keep saying "Oh, who hurt you?" and "Oh, I have faith in...
    CrimsonRaven CrimsonRaven 18-21 1 Response Mar 21

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    It's the only way I know that no matter what problem there is things sort get sorted out one way or another so might as well not drag yourself about it
    edgarr edgarr 13-15, M Mar 30

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    I keep thinking things will work out -- just so long as we wait long enough and do not give up hope. But what if long enough is too long?
    prrr74 prrr74 61-65, M Apr 7

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    I'm a girl with mild Spastic Hemiplegic CP. I want to commute from home for college. I'm also sick of having to ask my parents and relatives to drive me everywhere. I feel like a...
    gch1995 gch1995 18-21, F 9 hrs ago

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    I'm lonely and need friends and love.. I am looking, waiting and still optimistic. :)
    shaneflaque shaneflaque 22-25, M 3 hrs ago

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    I Am I am optimistic and strong I wonder about my family's future I hear voices in my head I see a lion with wings roaring at the top of the highest peak I want to be the...
    JuniusDai JuniusDai 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    4 Years ago I met a beautiful woman that captured my heart. She had just been diagnosed with the illness that she had been battling for years...Lupus. She didn't quite fully...
    pafm99 pafm99 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 29

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    I miss the city sometimes because in my brain there these pretty places that are so clean where all the people are awesome. I also want to go to hangout festival and become a beach...
    timeaftertimeisnogood timeaftertimeisnogood 31-35, M Apr 1

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    I went through a weird time as a kid where I was solely pessimistic. Nobody cared, nobody mattered to me, etc. Typical emo child. As I, excuse my french, grew the f up, I became...
    Ckay911 Ckay911 18-21 5 days ago

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    "Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute." ― George Bernard Shaw
    Cherbelle Cherbelle 41-45, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'm a relatively attractive man. I have charisma and intelligence, I'm very social, friendly, kind, and understanding. I'm patient, forgiving, rational, and loving. I am not what...
    RyanRoga RyanRoga 26-30, M Mar 18

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    I have finally met a wonderful, kind, loving man that I want to spend the rest of my life with. However, I'm so torn about moving forward with him and getting married because he...
    Konscious Konscious 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    ALL IN DUE TIME This is optimistic nihilism: All that's done is dead, And the truth is just a liar With nothing left to lie about. So we dance, Adrift amongst endless gardens...
    SisterCyanide SisterCyanide 26-30, T 1 Response Mar 20

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    You think you have all the time in the world. You don’t. I live in a sexless marriage. I made major decisions and made many choices to live alongside a man who found it...
    ifoundmehere ifoundmehere 41-45, F 26 Responses Mar 20

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