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The Intelligent Optimist's Guide to Life by Jurriaan Kamp

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[chapter 3]

HOW TO BECOME AN (EVEN BETTER) OPTIMIST

Optimism can be learned. Even diehard pessimistscan become more optimistic. Our brain issurprisingly flexible.

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Now that you are aware of the happiness, health, and success that a lifestyle of optimism brings, you may wonder whether or not you are indeed an optimist.

Let’s do a little test.

Have a look at this image.

What do you see?

Do you see a horseman coming to you?

Image

Or do you see the horseman riding away from you?

You can see the horseman going in both directions. But what you see at first glance says a lot about your attitude.

If you saw the horseman coming to you, you tend ...

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