OPTIMISM By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 noun. the outlook that things occur for the best and that individual's hopes or goals will eventually be satisfied. OPTIMISM: "I like to practice optimism on a daily basis and find since taking up such a practice, I am a much happier individual." Related Psychology Terms PESSIMISM PERSPECTIVE CRYSTALLIZATION PREJUDICE UTILITARIAN FUNCTION OF AN ATTITUDE NONATTITUDC VALUE-EXPRESSIVE FUNCTION OF AN ATTITUDE PHAGOMANIA ACORIA LAKORIA OPINION Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "OPTIMISM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/optimism/ (accessed January 19, 2020).