Optimism Can Be Learned

To continue our “Beauty within Series,”  read this week’s article by guest writer Lisa Butler.

It is often repeated that optimistic people are both happier and healthier, that they manage everyday life adversities with more ease and greater success than the pessimistic ones. Martin Seligman in his book Learned Optimism, argues that this approach to life can be learned. No one can avoid adversity, no one lives without any problems, but finding foundations in our best characteristics and finding ways to make them stronger may go along way to alleviate life’s woes. Some simple tricks can help. It is good to remember that trauma and adversity does not last forever, nor that it is the only thing in life. Nevertheless, the problems do not pass on their own, rather they are left behind by the active personalities who move on exercising all of their best traits.

While lovely faces may be striking and recognizable in an instant, they are not the only manifestation of beauty. The delegates of Miss Asian America Pageant bring much more to this competition. They integrate personal and professional development, community engagement and charitable work bringing positive experiences to each other and to the general public. Celebrating congeniality, community service, entrepreneurial and scholastic achievements goes a long way to assert the values identified by positive psychology. They show that only well rounded development of personality meets with recognition and success. Further more, they show that these are the foundations for so much more than a bi-annual glamorous event. They provide intriguing role models in our globalized world and examples of true and enduring beauty.

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