The woman who is an optimist may be labouring under a delusion, but certain it is that she is happy while under the delusion.
Every woman should have ideals. She should see the beauty and good in things. She may not accomplish her ideals, but the anticipation and working out of them is a mighty pleasant vocation.
The pessimist is always unhappy, and when no definite thing is before her to worry about, the very fact that there is nothing to worry about makes her unhappy.
The pessimist says “Business is not half as good as it would be if it was twice as good as it is.” The optimist says “Business is twice as good as it would be if it was only half as good as it is.”
The pessimist goes about with a dark lantern peering into out-of-the-way places, ever looking for meanness and things to find fault about. The optimist goes about in the bright sunlight looking for the beautiful things, and sees more things by the aid of the great sunshine than the pessimist can find with her little dark lantern.
The optimist rises in the morning with gladness in her heart, sunshine in her face and smiles upon her lips. The mere privilege of living and enjoying nature is a priceless satisfaction to her. She gets good out of life every moment she lives. She is a woman to be envied, if envy is ever allowable.
The pessimist warps her mind and her physique, and her influence on others is decidedly bad.
The optimist raises the average of the world by her presence, the pessimist lowers the average.
The optimist is in the majority, however, and the world is growing better.
Learn to see beauty in the small things. Study nature. Watch the processes of plant life and animal life. Surround yourself with helpful influences; books, music, friends.
There is no investment a woman can make that yields such unbounded returns as optimism.
Optimism cannot be bought with money. It is as free as the air we breathe. That is why poor people generally are optimists.