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Seeing challenges through rose-colored glasses

May 23, 2013

Here’s a great idea…
In his book, Redirect, Timothy Wilson says,
“Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses makes people happier and motivates them to try harder when they encounter obstacles in their way.” p.9

In other words…
Often things don’t work out the way we had hoped or planned. This can lead to disappointment and discouragement. Yet research underscores the importance of optimism. We have all known people who faced disappointments cheerfully: “Hmmm. What an interesting challenge!” Such an optimistic outlook leads to better mental health—and greater accomplishment.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
The next time you face disappointment, find a positive way to frame the challenge. For example, if your boss asks you do redo something at work, welcome the opportunity to do even better work. Find ways to transform difficulties into opportunities.

To Find Out More…
about personal well-being, check out Getting Our Hearts Right or The Personal Journey programs at, follow us at or contact your local county Extension agent. You may also enjoy reading Redirect.

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