Optimism is “an attitude reflecting a belief or hope that the outcome of some specific endeavor, or outcomes in general, will be positive, favorable, and desirable”. Optimists expect the best in any given situation. They accept that problems are inevitable, but solutions can always be found with sufficient knowledge and application. Pessimists don’t. They tend to focus on the negatives of life. Their starting assumption is often that things are more likely to be bad, go wrong, and fail.