Sunny side down

Gabrielle Lis

Is it possible to have too much optimism? And what's the best approach to take when you're confronted by someone else's pessimism?

In part one of this two part series, the RTWMatters team introduced you to the sunny side of optimism. We explored the uses of optimism in professional life, with a focus on using optimism to improve health and return to work outcomes. But here’s the rub. Prolonged pressure and stress—such as the pressure and stress associated with the workers’ compensation system—tends to feed pessimism rather than optimism. And coping w...

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Published 13 September, 2010 | Updated 22 July, 2014