Martin Seligman wrote an entire book called Learned Optimism where he outlines his suggested ways to get our optimism on (see “The 3 P’s of Optimism”) and all the Ideas in this section are, essentially, about helping you build your optimism muscles.
Here’s one way to think about it: A pessimist is the emotional equivalent of a couch potato whose idea of exercise is picking up the remote and taking a quick bathroom break during commercials. Totally flabby and out of shape and unhealthy.
If that pessimist wants to become a rock star triathlete-esque Optimist, he’s gonna need to train. Hard. And not once in a while or when he feels like it but consistently.
It’s pretty much the *exact* same thing with our emotional well-being. We’ve gotta hit the Optimism Gym. Good news is membership’s free. We just need to show up and do the work.
*excerpted from A Philosopher's Notes