Wow!  Can you believe that it’s May already?  We’ve got a lot of exciting things happening here at Sidekicks, but first let’s dive into the Powerful Word of the month.

This month we will focus on the character concept, “optimism.” Optimism is all about looking at the bright side—seeing a challenge and knowing everything is going to turn out exactly as it should.

Check out this video of Dr. Robyn Silverman, developer of the Powerful Words Character program for Sidekicks Family Martial Arts Centers as she explains the Powerful Word for May – Optimism:

Our students will get a real sense of what pessimism vs optimism means and how it relates to how people see and deal with challenges in their lives. Pessimists tend to see bad things that happen as permanent, pervasive, and personal. They see one bad thing happening as an indication that more bad things are on their way. Optimists, in contrast, see negative incidents as temporary and external– having no baring on what’s to come in the future.

Optimism isn’t just great for attitude and outlook. It has many other benefits. On the flip side, pessimism can have many negative consequences.

Martin Seligman, a researcher in the field of optimism and happiness put it this way; “If you are a pessimist in the sense that when bad things happen you think they are going to last forever and undermine everything you do, then you are about eight times as likely to get depressed, you are less likely to succeed at work, your personal relationships are more likely to break up, and you are likely to have a shorter and more illness-filled life. That’s the main discovery I associate
with my lifetime.”

Thankfully, there is such thing as “learned optimism” which necessities us to recognize the catastrophic things that we say to ourselves when things go wrong. If we are aware, we can become more optimistic by making optimism a habit! Talk to your children about how you keep an optimistic attitude when it comes to unexpected challenges in your life. Discuss with them what they are learning in class and how they can create positive self talk and take positive accountability to stay in control of their attitude. Most of all, help them to reword negative pessimistic statements into positive, optimistic ones. 

We thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best personal development centers in the world.

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