“A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn’t let them get her down.”
Beverly Sills

Optimists (and optimistic bootstrappers)

  1. Are seldom surprised by trouble.
  2. Look for partial solutions.
  3. Believe they have control over their futures.
  4. Allow for regular renewal.
  5. Interrupt their negative train of thought.
  6. Heighten their powers of appreciation.
  7. Use their imagination to rehearse success.
  8. Are cheerful even when they can’t be happy.
  9. Believe they have an almost unlimited capacity for stretching.
  10. Build lots of love into their lives.
  11. Like to swap good news.
  12. Accept what cannot be changed.

“Twelve Characteristics of Tough-Minded Optimists” from Alan Loy McGinnis’ “The Power of Optimism