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Look on the Bright Side


By Rieva Lesonsky

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I have often been accused of being a Pollyanna, because I tendto look on the positive side of things. And I find myself oftenreminding people, "It's not that bad," "It'sgoing to get better," "Put a smile on your face" andother such bromides. Lately I feel like Annie, with the refrain"the sun will come out tomorrow" constantly on my lips.Let me tell you, it's exhausting to be so "on," but Iconsider it part of my job (both professionally andpersonally).

My optimism is built-in; I came wired that way. I believe mostof us are somehow programmed to be optimistic or pessimistic, andit's tough to take on the persona of the other. While Ican't imagine being a negative person, I also know that myfrequent sunniness gets on people's nerves sometimes.

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