Optimism, Week 1

Our in-class discussion topic for the week of June 30 will be a new one — Optimism.  We will be discussing Optimism in our lessons together throughout the month of July.  Our in-class discussion lesson this week will consider the meaning of Optimism, and of its opposite, Pessimism.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;  an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”  — Winston Churchill (soldier, statesman, author, Nobel Prize winner).

This month, we’re going to discuss what it means to be optimistic or pessimistic.  To be able to do this, we first need to know what each of these words means.  According to Webster’s dictionary:

Optimism is the tendency to take the most hopeful or cheerful view of matters, or expect the best outcome.

Pessimism is the tendency to expect misfortune, or the worst outcome in any circumstance.

When we’re being optimistic, we seek out the positives in a situation — we find the good, and look for what is going well.

Discussion Questions:

1)  How do you look at things in a positive way?

2)  If something isn’t going your way, what can you do to make it better?

3)  What is the most positive thing that happened to you today?

Please share your answers to these questions, and your thoughts about Optimism, with our school community by using the form below.

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