When my January-February 2012 issue of HBR arrived, I was delighted. Once again this prestigious resource had put together a current and comprehensive group of articles on a topic near and dear to my heart — and the heart of my life work. Over the next few weeks I will devote blogs to each of the articles.
Just this week someone used the word that makes me the most crazy — Pollyanna — when explaining why they do not believe optimism is all its cracked up to be. My not so happy response when someone uses that word is to as lovingly as possible say, “My experience is when a person says they don’t want to be too optimist because they don”t want to be considered a ‘Pollyanna’ is what they are really saying is ‘I don’t want to do the 24/7 effort it takes to develop optimism’.” Tends to end the conversation and that works for me.
I know the research is solid enough to justify the effort. If you don’t believe it, start with this article.