If optimism is a way of looking at life and happiness a condition that can be cultivated, one might as well get down to work without further delay.

This link – feeling compassion and perceiving the world in a more positive light – may explain why compassionate individuals generally tend to be more optimistic as well.

No dark fate determines the future. We do. Each day and each moment, we are able to create and re-create our lives and the very quality of human life on our planet.

It is the ability to see wonder, surprise and possibility in each experience and each encounter that is a core aspect of joy.

To choose hope is to step firmly forward into the howling wind, baring one’s chest to the elements, knowing that, in time, the storm will pass.

Each of us has the capacity for taking refuge in the island of safety within us so we can maintain our humanness, our peace, our hope.