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Building Family Strengths:
Optimism

Optimism, or positive thinking, can help families feel hopeful during times of negative situations. They tell themselves “I can,” rather than “I can’t.” They see the glass as “half full,” rather than “half empty.”

Key Points

Smiley Face Strong families change their focus from what they have not done to what they can do. From what they do not have, to what they do have. From where they have not been, to where they can go. From their weaknesses, to their strengths.
Smiley Face Strong families are optimistic about the present and future and aspire to:
Yellow dot be so strong that nothing can disturb their peace of mind;
Yellow dot look at the sunny side of everything, and make their optimism come true;
Yellow dot think only the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best;
Yellow dot be just as enthusiastic about the success of others, as they are about their own;
Yellow dot forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future;
Yellow dot give so much to the improvement of self that there is no time to criticize others; and
Yellow dot be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy for the presence of trouble.
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