Forget the half-empty, half-full glass story. Either way, you can refill it. Having an Optimistic Outlook gives you the mindset and helps you find the ability to give a positive spin to even the most negative situation.

You see challenges or obstacles as opportunities to learn, constantly look out for new possibilities and don’t let one bad experience muddy your expectations for the future. Since optimists don’t give up as easily as pessimists but keep working toward their goals, they are more likely to achieve success. 

Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.

Optimism is a mental attitude characterized by hope and confidence in a positive future or outcome. An Optimistic Outlook is the presence of optimism in a person. It is the ability to view hardships as learning experiences and to know that setbacks are temporary. Having an Optimistic Outlook in life can lead to lower stress levels, better coping skills and higher persistence when pursuing goals.

An Optimistic Outlook helps keep a person motivated. People with an Optimistic Outlook know that setbacks are temporary so they work harder and persevere in achieving their end goal. An optimistic person is also great company to be in since their energy can often be infectious and they ensure that others start thinking like they do and look at the glass half full, not half empty.

An Optimistic Outlook is an infectious characteristic. It is evident and it rubs off on people. Coupled with the fact that people with an Optimistic Outlook in life are more successful and less deterred by hardships, this skill becomes irresistible for hiring managers and supervisors.

People with an Optimistic Outlook always look at the positive side of things. They know that they will win in the face of adversity and are always focused on a bright future. Such people know that will ensure that they succeed, come what may. They consider setbacks as temporary hurdles and focus on how to overcome them.

Other Thrive Skills under THINK are Intellectual Rigor, Intellectual Curiosity, Informed Decision Making, Ethical Clarity, Good Judgment, Cultivating Foresight, Enhanced Self-Awareness and Critical Thinking.

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