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Take a second to imagine a tall refreshing glass of water.

Are you a half full or half empty sort of person?

Let’s start with the optimist, like the popular meme of the dog in the burning room, ploughing on regardless and possibly ignoring any problems which may exist. You might be thinking about someone who is nauseatingly cheerful, to the point where you feel nothing would force them to confront and acknowledge negative feelings about anything.

Then there are the cynics, glass completely missing, quick to focus on weakness yet still battling emotional regulation and oblivious to nuanced details.

Being a pragmatic optimist is that bit in the middle, the power to determine variety, the choice to interpret everything around us as we wish it to be. Sure, you will not be ready to create a world all of your own making, but you can bend what exists.

As a pragmatic thinker you see what can be, don’t base how you react to things on historical evidence, treat each situation as a new one, and you respond as opposed to react.

Why might pragmatic optimism help us now?

It’s going to be a while before we get back to the same old life. It may be very easy to react and disassociate, to acquire the cynical view that everything is awful and is always going to be. There is no denying that we are grieving, tired, fed up, frustrated, and isolated.

But James Stockdale, a POW during the Vietnam War, summarised the attitude in which we can concentrate on the sensible qualities of pragmatic optimism, what we know now as the Stockdale Paradox. He spoke about never losing our faith in prevailing at the end, while maintaining the courage to confront the brutal facts of present reality, however difficult that may be.

Be stoic, evaluate what’s within your control, think small, think meaningful, think pragmatic optimism, think love. For others and ourselves.


Wed 1 Dec 2021

Also commemorating its 20th Anniversary this year, The National Memorial Arboretum was founded by Commander David Childs as ‘a place where people’s lives would be commemorated among living trees that would grow and mature in a ‘world at peace’’.  

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Wed 1 Dec 2021

The festivities are nearly upon us. It’s a time for reunion, for sharing and for enjoying the simple pleasures of human existence. A time of reflection, connection, and celebration; reminding us all, of the joyous aspects of togetherness, ready for the year to come. Often though, this isn’t always the reality.

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Tue 2 Nov 2021

Gen Z Frenzy

Kindness at Christmas

Kindness has become really important in recent years, notably since the #BeKind movement, where people realised online bullying was still actually bullying. Since then, the world online has been littered with people videoing themselves buying lunch for a homeless person, giving a stranger a compliment or paying for someone’s shopping – after all, if you didn’t film it, what’s the point? #Growth. 

Mon 25 Oct 2021

Dr Rory Cowlam better known as ‘Rory the Vet’, is an Amazon best-selling Author following his debut book The Secret Life of a Vet and is the lead talent of CBBC show ‘The Pet Factor’. Here are his expert tips on keeping our animals safe during the coming month.