(För introduktion till denna serie bloggtexter, se http://blog.perspectus.se/?p=693)
Ability to sustain and communicate a sense of hope, positive attitude and confidence in the possibility of meaningful change.
Optimism may be regarded as a personality trait, but here the emphasis is on the capacity to inspire hope in others (and oneself) that it is possible to achieve meaningful results by focusing on what is doable. One aspect of this is skills in supporting people in directing their attention, in this case in the direction of possibilities rather than having an exclusive focus on depressing realities. Of course optimism is not per definition something that is always functional in relation to achieving concrete results when grappling with very complex challenges, it has to be realistic.
Optimism is closely related to Appreciation.