Thursday, April 9, 2009

Today's Question: Why is Optimism so Important?

Today Michael J. Fox was interviewed by Larry King. Fox talked about his new book Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist. His strength and passion are evident even as his body shakes from Parkinson's Disease. Being an optimist is second nature to Fox--as it should be to all of us.

During challenging times, we need to remain upbeat and optimistic. The economy, job losses, and the tumbling stock market are more than enough for anyone to become pessimistic about the future.

Maybe we could take a lesson from Bhutan, a country in the Himalayas--the government measures gross natural happiness as well as GDP and embraces programs that help grow the happiness of the country! In addition, the other day I met a "Chief Optimism Officer" of an online marketing company--how can you not be happy with a title like that?

So next time, instead of shaking your head at the incurable optimist, take a second and smile.


  1. great read and I couldn't agree more with you-- by coincidence, my brother is going to Bhutan to do some environmental work. The visa has taken like 5 years to process -- they don't just let tourists in on a whim. Fascinating country that has been very reclusive.

  2. Great post. Positive thinking is the prerequisite for maximum achievement in these 5 categories of a human begins life

    1. Health
    2. Wealth
    3. Career
    4. Love/relationships
    5. Family

    Learning how to think positive can only increase your quality of life. With out positive thinking we tend to become fearful or everything around us instead of conquers of our destiny.