Conflict With Optimism

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Optimism- hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. Yet something as simple as that just might be the answer when responding to conflict. Conflict is not the set belief of violence or destruction that most people think of it as, but can merely be solved with the smallest acts. The best way to respond to conflict is through positivity and optimism, as they can provide health benefits, stress-relief, and solace during times of conflict, such as how Anne Frank and Winston Churchill did. While approaching conflict with optimism is the best approach, some believe that being overly optimistic can have a negative outcome, and create false-hope and underestimate all aspects of the outcome.
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Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have found that positivity can help lower levels of stress and depression, and help with coping skills for the individual (“How to Stop Negative Self-Talk.”). Staying positive during times of conflict is not just a way to pass the time, as it also has health benefits that can help lead people through hard times. Even without knowing it, some of these famous figures or even normal people today may stay positive in tough times because they feel better without even knowing the true effects. The Mayo Clinic staff also say, “Indeed, some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management” (“How to Stop Negative Self-Talk.”). While it may seem small, even the slightest of optimism can help you through tough situations and help you to believe such as Anne Frank did. Positivity and optimism may go unrecognized or even acknowledged, but it still helps people and provides solace. The text says, “When the Van Daans arrive, we'll be able to build cupboards and other odds and ends out of the wood piled in the attic” (Frank). Anne is a shining example of this, as she thought of even the smallest things as fun and enjoyable. Anne…show more content…
Anyone who is ever in hard times or conflict, just remember to look for the small things around you to focus on, as even the little blessings in life are the biggest. People every day are faced with conflict, but find a way to persevere, usually using optimism. If there is one thing to never forget, it is that conflict doesn’t always have to be solved with war or violence and that even the simplest things can solve the biggest
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