Someone once said to me, " the optimist created the airplane and the pessimist created the parachute." I thought long and hard about this and actually, even though it sounded true at the time, it really wasn't. Even the one who created a parachute must have been optimistic in their thinking to believe that they could create something to save lives. The fact is that due to many factors, even with amazing technology, some planes are going to have trouble and fall out of the sky. One can be an optimist and recognize this, be proactive and search for an answer and even invent one. The pessimist or negative thinker gives up before even trying since to them, it's probably a hopeless situation anyway. So I'm convinced that a positive outlook on our lives will benefit us in so many ways and it's in our control to learn to think more this way. It may not happen overnight but when we have a negative thought or are tempted to say something negative about our lives, we can instead, choose to challenge those thoughts for validity and uncover the fact that many times, those thoughts simply aren't true. We can then choose to replace them with thoughts of being grateful and choose to see the positive. This is a mental habit that must be developed though. We can all come up higher in this area and over time, we will reap the reward for our optimism. Life's battles aren't always won by those who are fastest or strongest, but many times, by the one who believes he will win. Our attitude greatly influences our outcome and has much to do with success.