Optimism is contagious


So, I’ll admit at the beginning of this post that I stole the subject line from a Maxwell House commercial, but it’s an adage that resonates with me.  One of my goals for the year of 2012 was to start every day with a positive attitude.  It’s going to end as well as it began – successfully optimistic.


It’s really not difficult waking content and rising to meet the morning when the light streams through my window and falls on the face of my dog.  She’s happy to see me come back into consciousness and her smile is the first breath of optimism I inhale each morning.  The smell of Hazelnut Vanilla coffee brewing is a vital, but distant second.

Attitudes ARE contagious, and energy can be vicariously passed, as unseen as a spirit moving through the shadows, but the vital force it leaves behind is just as palpable.  It is constantly but invisibly lingering in the air, and the mood you portray is unconsciously absorbed by others.  I know how much a person with a negative energy can affect me and I want to achieve the polar opposite.

Wouldn’t it feel great to know that your optimism and zest for life was contagious and passed unwittingly to the people you interact with on a daily basis?  They may not even realize the source of their newly lifted spirit, but the smile that appears a little wider has the potential to create a ripple effect of great magnitude.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  ~Winston Churchill

6 thoughts on “Optimism is contagious

  1. So true about how your dog’s happiness (or cat, I suppose, although it’s hard to tell) can be the the optimistic jump start you need to get your day off to a positive start. Our dog sleeps with us, at the foot of the bed, and the first thing I hear each morning in the dark as soon as I stretch? Our dog’s tail thumping against the mattress. He’s happy just to see us wake up. How can I not smile at that? :)

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