Optimism is the most rational viewpoint to have by default. Unlike pessimism or negativity, optimism is helpful even when faked because we find evidence for whichever mindset we have. As Earl Nightingale said, “we become what we think about.”
While I wouldn’t go so far as to praise irrational optimism (a la The Secret), it still might be better than default pessimism.
- This might not be true in fields where psychology overwhelms fundamentals in the short run (like financial markets)
- The quality of your mind determines the quality of your life