The Power of Optimism

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
– Helen Keller

Optimism is a powerful tool when it comes to achieving goals, overcoming obstacles, or just being happy in general. At SEEDs, we help our participants recognize the importance of a good attitude in life. With the challenges faced through the past year, it is more important than ever to remain focused on the positive, to keep pushing forward and meet every day with a smile. We asked SEEDs participants to share their thoughts on why optimism is so important.

FRANCIS
It’s important to be optimistic to be hopeful, happy, and joyful. I chose to be optimistic when I felt I was not succeeding. I choose optimism because it makes me feel good.

SONJA
It’s important to be optimistic because we need to stay positive during the ups and downs of life and not let the negative feelings take over. During this weird time I have tried to stay optimistic instead of letting the negative thoughts come into my head. The result was good. I have been able to stay positive thanks to my family’s support. It felt good to be around positive energy. Everyone around me felt the same way.

JUSTIN M.
It is important to be optimistic in life to show hope & confidence. My friend Gabe was feeling sad because his flag football team didn’t win the tournament & he feels like a loser. I decided to cheer him up & encourage him to never give up. Gabe felt much better & thanked me for cheering him up. I feel very confident. This makes the people around me be in a good mood.

SYDNEY L.
You will get further in life if you are optimistic. I was dating someone for the first time. His name was Robert. Bit of an age difference between us, but we didn’t care. A year later, he cheated on me. I chose to remain positive because there were plenty of better options out there.

CHARLEY
The reason it’s so important to be optimistic in life is because it keeps everyone going even if everything keeps going wrong. Back when my mom & I were attending our family reunion at the Grand Canyon, I was able to keep myself constantly optimistic despite the fact that weather was bad & we had trouble making the proper arrangements. When we got to Bearizona, I was optimistic & cheerful & we had a great time. The result was that my constantly, optimistic attitude encouraged everyone to push through such troublesome difficulties & ultimately have a wonderfully fun time. It made me feel so good to know that I helped my relatives to have such a superb reunion. It made them feel so wonderful to know that I was looking out for everyone that I actually cared about.

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This article was featured in an issue of the SEEDs for Autism Newsletter. If you would like to subscribe and hear more stories from SEEDs participants, please visit our websiteThank you!

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