Hooray for optimism

It is unrealistic to expect to feel upbeat and positive all of the time, but Annemiek Leclaire discovers it’s possible to remain optimistic when you’re feeling a little worried. In issue 19, you can read an article about it.Below you can read six tips on how you can keep being an optimist.

  1. Look for the good things that come from bad.
  2. Be a part of the larger conversation: Seek out radio and TV shows, podcasts, social media groups, magazines, lectures and newspapers that bring together like-minded people.
  3. Make a list of activist organizations and movements that appeal to you, and become part of the community.
  4. Determine where you can make a difference, no matter how small. Make a list of positive things to do, and do one each week. For tips, see John-Paul Flintoff’s book, How to change the world.
  5. Spread the love; don’t burden others with your anger and frustration. Don’t merely pollute the Internet with everything you are angry about, but try to tie things into positive action.
  6. Don’t forget to keep enjoying the simple things. And if you find yourself in need of some help on how, The Book of Idle Pleasures by Tom Hodgkinson and Dan Kieran is chock-full of tips for simple fun.

Text Annemiek Leclaire Photography Hanke Arkenbout