Last week , I read an article titled “The Optimism Bias” , by Tali Sharot , in TIME Magazine. I was attracted by the magazine’s cover, at which was written “The Science of Optimism; Hope isn’t rational-so why are humans wired for it ? ” . I haven’t been quite an optimist in the past few months (whew!) so I decided to buy the magazine .
Generally , the article tells us about the scientific truth behind optimism. Human brains are somewhat programmed to notice possibilities of good things happening to us, the human. For example, if we read an article about a successful person, then we are automatically encouraged that we someday might be a successful person too .
There are other interesting facts about human ‘s way of thinking . One of them is how sometimes memory collaborates with imagination, creating a semi-fiction story inside our head . This imagination is sometimes caused by false hopes that create an alternative to the event we experienced .
On the other hand, too much optimism can led to a disaster . Being too sure that the day will be sunny until night, we left the umbrella only to found out that it was raining soon . That’s why optimism must be handled carefully , so that it could help us in correct time and circumstances.
I guess being an optimist is not a bad choice . Some people are saved by seeing the optimism inside their friends (including me ) . Whether it’s too much or too few , I’m sure everyone of us can think and do things in an optimistic way 🙂
Here’s the link for the original article : http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2074067,00.html
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“An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be”