National Optimism Month takes place in March and we are brimming with excitement. Contrary to common belief, it is possible to recondition mundane patterns and habits and turn them into positive and optimistic moments. The best part is that once optimism is channeled inwardly, great benefits follow outwardly. Now, we know that these things take time, which is why celebrations are for the whole month, giving us plenty of time to make small and eventually big changes.

History of National Optimism Month

What is optimism exactly? The word refers to hopefulness, confidence about the future, and the success of something. People often wonder whether optimistic people have a cheery outlook on life because they haven’t faced setbacks and upheavals. Or, maybe they are confident and happier simply because they don’t have any problems to worry about? Research debunks these statements with the view that optimistic people are generally content because of their persistent optimism, which creates benefits such as health, vitality, and ultimately, happiness. This viewpoint is fantastic because it means that anyone can avail the rewards of optimism simply by changing their perspective. And it also means that there is a cycle; optimism comes with benefits that make one happy, leading to more optimism.Optimism also brings with it success in the world, as well as in one’s personal domains, such as physical and emotional health. The demanding nature of our daily routines leaves us stressed out and fatigued. Add to that the constant comparison with the lives and possessions of others and spending too much time online, making it easy to fall into pessimism.So now is the time to start practicing optimism. It is not as simple as being positive and looking on the bright side, but that’s a start. And the way to incorporate optimism into our lives will vary for everyone, so find what works best for you. Take a step back and consider everything that stresses you out and reactions that can trigger stress, anger, and burnout. Reroute your actions, reactions, and habits optimistically and experience life like never before.

National Optimism Month timeline

440 B.C.
An Ancient Philosophy

One of the earliest ideas on philosophical optimism is theorized by Socrates.

Making the Best of Things

Philosopher Gottfried Leibniz defines optimism as “the best of all possible worlds.”

Text Appearances

Translations of the works of Voltaire identify the term ‘optimism.’

More Interpretations

Ralph Waldo Emerson interprets optimism as “Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”

National Optimism Month FAQs

What is the power of optimism?

Optimism is hope. And hope is perhaps the greatest asset to have, giving strength and resilience through testing times.

How can I be optimistic throughout the week?

A good and simple practice for beginning the week on an optimistic note is to think of things with an “I get to” mindset. So rather than complaining about why you have to go to work, think of it as “I get to go to work,” recognizing your privilege and not taking it for granted.

Is optimism good for the brain?

Yes. Optimism reduces stress, triggers the production of dopamine, and buffers against falling into depression. More importantly, it influences mental and physical well-being by promoting a healthy lifestyle.

National Optimism Month Activities

  1. Be optimistic

    The simplest way to celebrate National Optimism Month is to be optimistic. Bring optimism into your life for the whole month and see what a difference it makes.

  2. Partner up

    Keep your negative habits in check and build optimism by celebrating the month with a friend.

  3. Examine your patterns

    Analyze the areas in your life where you feel you can bring optimism, and work on building better habits and positive thinking.

5 Quotes About Optimism To Keep You Optimistic

  1. Winston Churchill

    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

  2. Norman Vincent Peale

    “Go out of your way to talk optimistically about everything.”

  3. Nicholas M. Butler

    “Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.”

  4. Dalai Lama

    “Choose to be optimistic — it feels better.”

  5. Maya Angelou

    “You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated.”

Why We Love National Optimism Month

  1. Optimism has many benefits

    Optimism is the new cool! We’ve all gone through that emo phase growing up, but being optimistic and enjoying life is what works in the long term.

  2. The world needs it

    The world contains all sorts of negative things. This is why it is more important than ever to balance it out with positivity and optimism.

  3. Habits take time to develop

    We love celebrations that are not limited to a day or week. This gives us all ample time to work on being optimistic and improving our lives.

National Optimism Month dates

Year Date Day
2023 March 1 Wednesday
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2025 March 1 Saturday
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