HOW OPTIMISM WORKS
There seems to be something significant in their tendency to look on “the brighter side” which contributes to their happiness. Yet, to explain how optimism works for happy people, however, we need to break-down the mechanisms a bit, for “optimism” is ordinarily defined in several different ways.
Over the years, I have come to see that “optimism” is defined primarily in matters of tense. Its definition changes depending on whether one is referring to the past, the present, or the future. In the future-tense, “optimism” is a faith that things to come will be for the best. In the present-tense, “optimism” tends to view current circumstances in their most favorable terms. And, in the the past-tense, “optimism” is a way of remembering previous times in our lives in the most positive light.