It’s the hope that kills

It’s the hope that kills you. Hope is that tease of an emotional tug that keeps you on edge, craving for fruition. But no matter how much you pray and imagine, it mostly yields nothing. Hope is hopeless. Luck is an idea that guarantees to hover over circumstance. Who doesn’t want the calm-inducing pacifier of […]

A quote for your bathroom mirror

If you’re looking for a 2018 mantra to guide your optimism, look no further than this quote from historian Thomas Babington Macauley in the 1830 Edinburg Review: “We cannot absolutely prove that those are in error who tell us that society has reached a turning point, that we have seen our best days. But so said all […]

Pessimism is a GIF loop

Pessimism is a GIF loop, but not the one you want to experience over and over again. Said cognitive psychologist Amos Tversky: “when you are a pessimist and the bad thing happens, you live it twice. Once when you worry about it, and the second time when it happens.” Pessimism, like coercion, is natural. It’s […]

How to build up and sustain intrinsic motivation

The thing about cliches is that sometimes they’re true. Take this one for instance: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Competition is the quickest way to demotivate yourself. You may enjoy excelling, but you will realize the game is really within yourself to achieve greater personal growth. According to career analyst Dan Pink, there are […]

Silver Lining

Here’s my definition of optimism: Optimism is the ability to persist through bouts of itching negativity while maintaining your equanimity. What determines your outlook depends on how well you cope with bad and potentially disastrous experiences while keeping realistic expectations and preparing a proper mindset for the future. Thoughts and action usually go hand in […]