Optimism: Attitude to life or aspects of life to the effect
that it makes more sense to expect good or
indifferent than bad things.
are other possible definitions of
optimism, and it is hard to arbitrate between
pessimistic and optimistic attitudes,
first because these tend to be vague, imprecize and general positions
anyway, and second because they seem to depend rather a lot on one's
native temperament, and some are born melancholic, and others
happy-go-lucky, both with little choice, other than medication.
The generally pleasant or useful sides of being an optimist are that,
if one can feel optimistic, one feels better than otherwise, and it
helps one in the actions one does, in as much as optimism helps one to
For more, see pessimism.