There is a children’s classic book called Pollyanna. Disney made a movie based on the book, which I remember seeing on TV when I was a child. Pollyanna was the eternal optimist. She always tried to find something about which to be grateful. She changed a town full of curmudgeons into a pleasant place to live. The name Pollyanna has come to mean someone who is excessively optimistic.
Eeyore is a character from the classic Winnie the Pooh books. He’s pessimistic, gloomy, and depressed.
I recall a local TV documentary entitled In Defense of Pollyanna. Imagine having to defend optimism. But we do. Being a Pollyanna takes work, especially with the world the way it is these days. Optimism is frequently mistaken for naivety.
But who would you rather be around: someone who smiles or someone who whines?
And the funny thing about focusing on the positive is that it will improve your mood.
P.S. Today is Leon–Christmas is in exactly 6 month.