Some people seems to be fascinated by everything around them and always look at the bright side of life
Walking through life with an open mind
Is there a secret to it? To always being the “yes” type, that finds the time and energy to be enthusiastic facing anything from swimming in a frozen lake, to getting up at 5 in the morning, to doing the dishes.
The psychologist Carol Dweck ( Wikipedia link) talks about the “growth mindset” about kids who just wants another challenge, another hard puzzle to solve and smile all the way.
To be focused on learning seems to have a lot to do with it. And not to care that much about being right or being the best, also seems to matter to many of the serial enthusiasts.
“Either we win or we learn” they say as they laugh at their own mistakes, and admire people for trying, more than for succeeding.
Still I wonder, when they go into their tent and close the door… Is there some backside of serial enthusiasm? Some shadow to always seeing the glass as more full than empty, or do serial enthusiast even smile in their dreams?
Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt ref: Di00068
Keywords: positive engagement, enthusiast, constructive mindset. hiker, hiking, path of happiness, psychology, museum of psychology, illustration, drawing, landscapesofunderstanding
About Museum of Psychology – Visualizing psychology
We understand reality at least through a combination of impressions, metaphors, images, stories and experiences. But also through our dreams, understandings, feelings, music, walk of life, directions, expectations, relations… and much more.
Much of this have in common that we can somehow sketch up maps and drawings of these places, trails and situations. Here on Museum of Psychology I (Frits Ahlefeldt) am drawing up a slowly growing map of our many landscapes of understanding.