Tips and Techniques

Guidelines for using optimism

The following advice is taken from Professor Martin Seligman's books Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness.

ABCDE model (Learning to be Optimistic)

Learn to be optimistic using a technique based on Albert Ellis ? Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. Professor Martin Seligman has elaborated on this in his book 'Authentic Happiness'

Various methods to build optimism and challenge pessimistic thoughts

Dr Karen Reivich is co-author of The Optimistic Child with Professor Martin Seligman. In a lecture for the Vanguard PRogramme for the Centre she outlined various methods to challenge pessimistic thinking and build optimism and resilience.

The Life Orientation Test Revised (lot-r)

The following questionnaire has been devised by M. F. Sheier, C. S. Carver and M.W. Bridges to measure an individual's level of optimism. Within the next few weeks you will be able to complete the questionnaire on-line on this site and get a result. In the meantime you can review the questionnaire.