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Pessimism vs. Optimism

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July 11, 2016

A.  I am prepared for the worst but hope for the best.”  This wisdom coined by  Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) isn’t just practical advice while facing an oncoming tornado; it’s a recommended approach for your mental health.
It’s simply false that optimism is “good” and pessimism is “bad.”  Rather, both are functional; both have value.
Well aware that pessimism can be paralyzing when the storms of life come.  Disraeli also says, “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”  Keep pessimism in its place as you spring forward into an optimistic future.
Optimism can be as simple as a pet friendly environment.  
Pets act as a bridge or connection to the world of the person living with memory loss.  Animals can help break the ice and provide a happy topic for conversation when families visit.
Learning conversations is also an optimistic approach to difficult conversations.  When conversations are handled well, collaboration and productivity are enhanced, the morale of both parties goes up, and better decisions result.
Elements of a learning conversation helps us understand the other person’s point, fosters less stress and more success and moves the conversation from emotional to productive problem solving.

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