On a Scale of 1-10, How Optimistic Are You?

Jennifer Post

If you were to lose your job, what would be your initial reaction?

When you first meet a person of the opposite sex, what are your first thoughts?

Your friend just got dumped. How do you cheer them up?

What are you ordering for dinner on a Friday night in?

How do you handle serious grief like a death?

Do you feel like you've had to deal with real hardship in your life?

Let's say you got passed over for a promotion but your best friend got it. Are you happy for them?

Your schoolwork prevents you from celebrating a friend's birthday. Are you cool with that?

Did you have a good childhood, as far as you can remember?

Was bullying ever something you had to deal with?

Do you plan for the future?

What are your favorite kinds of books to read?

When you're in need of a little cheering up, who/what do you turn to?

What's your first line of defense against heartbreak?

Do you think crying is a show of weakness?

What is it about being positive that you like so much?

Thinking of the word "optimism," what does it actually mean to you?

How do you deal with stress, whether it's in your love life, work life or family life?

When others ask you how you always remain so positive, how do you respond?

Would you consider your style, whether decor or personal, to be reflective of your personality?

Do you tend to see the best in everyone?

Do you have a favorite positive quote?

Are you easily relaxed?

Do you value your friendships?

Are you one to keep yourself busy in order to not have to deal with certain things?

Do you expect things to work out in your favor?

Are you a believer in luck?

You land your dream job. How do you celebrate?

If you've been working on a problem for a while and you just can't figure it out. What do you do?

Do you manage your money well?

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About This Quiz

Being able to see things in a positive, hopeful manner is not always easy. It's also not something that you will feel all day, every day. Things get you down, but taking a few days to wallow in how bad things can be sometimes doesn't mean you're not an optimistic person. It could mean that you are a good mix of optimism and realism, and sometimes the realism wins out. But being overly optimistic in some unsuitable situations could be a detriment. The bottom line is that it's okay to not always be okay, and it's okay to want to be positive but to also recognize that things are just not going great.

Sometimes it's easier to be more optimistic for other people than it is to be optimistic for yourself. That is an excellent trait, but don't forget to take care of yourself, as well, and hope that the good deeds you've done for others will come back to you at some point. Even a little bit of optimism goes a long way. On a scale of 1-10, where do you feel you fall as far as your optimism goes? Take this quiz and we'll tell you how you measure up!

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