Optimism – a disease of the mind.

It’s a new year and new hopes abound. “This is my year” is the call to action. Optimism is the staple fare.

And why not? It’s a good thing.

But if pessimism is the opposite of optimism then we have a ‘swing’ in mood and method.

This is bipolar by definition.

Happiness and unhappiness.

Depression and encouragement.

Bipolar ‘appears’ to be part of normal existence for most of the world and yet for some it’s called a disease of the mind.

Which begs the question ‘are we all diseased’?

I don’t think so. I think we’re all human and humans are happy before they’re sad and if this is a disease then we all suffer from life – the ultimate disease that ultimately leads to death.


The Oxford English Dictionary defines optimism as having “hopefulness and confidence about the future or successful outcome of something; a tendency to take a favourable or hopeful view.” The word is originally derived from the Latin optimum, meaning “best.” Being optimistic, in the typical sense of the word, ultimately means one expects the best possible outcome from any given situation. This is usually referred to in psychology as dispositional optimism.

This year is going to be a great year, after-all 12 years ago the world changed and now it’s woken up to it. Some of us have been aware of this for a while now and have been putting things into place to take advantage of this change.

I have noticed a huge ‘up-swing’ in method of the masses towards the change. The digital change.

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We can all feel 01101111 01110000 01110100 01101001 01101101 01101001 01110011 01101101 why? Because we all deserve it, we all can feel safe in the knowledge that the world is changing as it always did and we will change with it. We can feel satisfied that the new year gives us a chance to take a control, to give us something to measure against, to achieve, to succeed.

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  • Yes interesting . In the Road Less Travelled by Dr M Scott Peck he begins  the book with the statement – ` Life is Difficult`.  If ones accepts that as a truth ( which I do) then my expectations of life  can only be matched or exceeded and as such i remain 99% positive 99% of the time. Its a winning formula. Surround oneself with positive but realistic folk and let go the emotional vampires who drain you ( sometimes unknowingly). Then I believe  one can  just move  from strength to strength.

  • Anonymous

    Love it jonathan – I’ve always believed that your income is the average of the 5 people you hang around most with. And I think this extends to happiness as well.

    Last year I didn’t get out enough! LOL

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