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Chapter 3. Optimistic Thinking > Optimism Builder 1: Determine How Optimistic o...

Optimism Builder 1: Determine How Optimistic or Pessimistic You Are

  Complete the optimism quiz. If a statement describes the way you act or think more than half the time, circle T. Otherwise, circle F.

1. I think more about coming up with solutions than worrying about why they won’t work. T F

2. People need to prove themselves before I trust them. T F

3. I enjoy the challenges of my job. T F

4. I feel that what I do helps others. T F

5. I am able to “laugh” at myself. T F

6. I have a good sense of humor. T F

7. I don’t trust anyone or anything. T F

8. I seldom take breaks from work. T F

9. I take at least one day off each week (one day out of seven). T F

10. I enjoy encouraging, supporting, and helping others succeed. T F

11. I trust people unless they show me they can’t be trusted. T F

12. I have difficulty saying that I can’t take on another responsibility. T F

13. I feel like I seldom have time for myself. T F

14. I work at developing positive and supportive friendships. T F

15. I put up with people who are negative. T F

16. I am happy and cheerful. T F

17. I eat a healthful diet (avoid excessive amounts of fat, sugar and stimulants). T F

18. I engage in active exercise for 20 minutes a day at least three times a week. T F

19. I feel tired most days.

20. I usually have short periods throughout the day when I “nod off.” T F

21. I engage in daily meditation or relaxation exercises. T F

  Match your responses from the optimism quiz to the list below. Circle the matching responses. For example, if you circled T for #1, circle T below. If you circled F for #1, there is no match.

T: The following numbers are True: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21.

F: The following numbers are False: 2, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20.

How many total matches did you circle? _____

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