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Session 8:

Session NO.: #8
o Suggested Key Words: , hopefulness, sanguinity, positivity, etc.
o Developed by: “Mohammad Hossein Hariri Asl”

Questions:
1. Is optimism learnable?
2. Are you sometimes required to be pessimistic?
3. Is realism better than optimism?
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4. Compare and contrast optimistic and pessimistic people.
5. When you look at a half full / half empty glass of water, which part grabs your attention more?
Related Idioms & Expressions:
1. To look at / see the bright side: to be optimistic
2. Castles in the air: hopes and plans you have that seem to be unlikely to come true to you
3. To be in a fool’s paradise: to be happy without any particular reason
4. To keep up appearance: to keep yourself looking calm and happy in spite of having serious problems

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This topic contains 1 reply, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Sasan 14 hours, 5 minutes ago.

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    Dr. Hariri
    Keymaster

    Would you rather be happy yet slow-witted and unimaginative, or unhappy yet bright and creative? For instance, would you rather live the life of a brilliant yet tortured artist, such as Vincent van Gogh, or that of a happy but carefree soul who is a bit simple-minded?

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    Sasan
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    I prefer to challenge this question at first and bring up my viewpoint next.
    There are different successful people in the world who reached the apex through different procedures. Although some have faced torture to reach their goals, it does not mean we have to necessarily lose something in our life to climb the ladder of success. Anyway, I suppose the most enjoyable part of life is making progress and relying on your abilities to flourish and thrive. So, I personally go for intelligence and innovation rather than happiness along with naivety. Many people have lived an ordinary life so far and repeating this story can never excite me at all. We need to gain new adventurous experiences and foster our abilities so as to break out of comfort zone.

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