Optimism and emotional intelligence

It’s worth being optimistic, looking to the future with hope. This post is inspired by a quote from Daniel Goleman’s book ‘Emotional Intelligence’. I will quote a short extract from page 160 of my copy (translated from Polish):

“”Optimism, like hope, implies a strong expectation that, despite failures and setbacks, everything will turn out – generally – well. From the point of view of emotional intelligence, optimism is an attitude that prevents us from falling into apathy, losing hope and sinking into depression in the face of difficulties and troubles. Like hope, its close relative, optimism pays off in life (…)”

I don’t know if optimism can be learnt, I’m an optimist, I always look to the future with hope, I have no problem with that. However, I realise that someone may not have this gift and optimism has to (and should) be worked out for themselves, I think there are some ways of doing this, although I don’t know them myself. Have a good day!

Dariusz Łukasik



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