Unleash Your Inner Awesomist

How to Be an AwesomistPollyanna is often described as the ultimate optimist.

But I think she’s more than that …

… Pollyanna may even be the original awesomist.

What’s an awesomist?

As defined by Urban Dictionary, an awesomist is:

a person who thinks that everything is going to be awesome.

Okay, how cool is it to live like that?!

That’s different than the adjective awesomest – as in, “Today is the awesomest day ever.”

An awesomist (with an i) lives in the space of consistently expecting spectacularly wonderful and amazing things to happen.

They embody magic and inspiration. They know we live in a friendly Universe. And they hit their laugh quota every day.

Awesomists are sometimes considered naive by others and are ridiculed for being unprepared for the disappointing realities of life.

But that doesn’t phase them.

Because awesomists don’t care what others think. They’re too busy loving life and looking forward to the next delight coming their way.

Winnie the Pooh may be an awesomist, too. Since every day is his favorite day.
Pooh the Awesomist
Where do you fall on the scale?

  • Pessimist (a person who expects the worst)
  • Realist (a person who views things as they “are”)
  • Optimist (a person disposed to take a favorable view of things)
  • Awesomist (a person who thinks everything is awesome)

Are you an Awesomist?

I aspire to embrace my Inner Awesomist and get better at expecting things to be ridiculously good. Will you join me?
(If you’d like an awesomist primer, check out Pollyanna online. And please share your favorite awesome-enhancing ideas and resources in the comments.)

  • October 17, 2012
  • MissyB says:

    That’s not a dragon in that glass – it’s the Loch Ness Monster !
    Love this GVG – thank you 🙂

  • Laura says:

    Great post! It has inspired me to start looking for opportunities to be an awesomist more of the time. 🙂

  • That is such a great quote, Ben! I didn’t know who it was from although I’ve read it before. Thanks for sharing here.

  • Ben says:

    Wow, I love the concept of being an awesomist. I’ve never heard it before and it is great.
    It reminds me of Barry Stinson “When i’m sad, I stop being sad and I be awesome instead”.

  • “I soar on the bright side” – love that, Anna.
    I’m with you, Janette – being called that is nothing but pure compliment!

  • Janette says:

    Ooh yes!! I’m in!!
    I grew up with Pollyanna and still re-read her every now and then.
    I love how occasionally someone will say – as a term of derision – “you’re such a Pollyanna”. It’s my opportunity to say “yes, yes I am!” Hilarious to watch the confusion on their face heheheheheh. 😀

  • Anna says:

    I’d say I know the accusations well, but I choose to dispense with those because, as my father used to say, “look at where it’s coming from.” I do, and I recognize the accusatory point of view is the best way that person knows at that time. And as Maya Angelou said, “When we know better, we do better.”
    I do. (“saying it just in the event I never get to say it to a notary or someone ordained,” she said, giggling with herself)
    Awesomist, I AM! It doesn’t take too many people asking me if my first name isn’t really Polly, for me to accept that I soar on the bright side. And I DO. (because I *can*)
    For those not presently taking their day’s quota of laughs, I’m picking them up, passing them out, making sure your quotas are met every day. Please claim them soon. As you know, they are replenished daily, and tend to be highly recyclable.
    *Go for it!*

  • You guys are hilarious – in fact, that’s a sure sign of an Awesomist, right? Someone who easily has a good time any where doing any thing!

  • Nicole says:

    your happy face is my space invader! 🙂

  • JG. says:

    Better: an embracing happy monster!

  • JG. says:

    By the way, there is a dragon, but also a happy face in the glass!…

  • Evan Griffith says:

    Jeannette — You’re my favorite awesomist these days — Evan

  • Sandra says:

    Thank you for giving me the amazing gift of a dragon in my glass! Love, love, love it!!

  • I love the fabulous Awesomists I’m surrounded by! You guys rock!

  • Barbara says:

    Yes and I forgot: thank you for bringing Pollyanna to me. I was thinking about reading this book for a while now…. 🙂

  • Barbara says:

    I think I might be awesomist too, with some bad moments here and there. 😀 One of my highest values is beauty so I search for beauty in everything. How awesomistic is that? 🙂

  • julie masters says:

    I LOVE this!! Sometimes I forget momentarily, but I am definitely an Awesomist fundamentally! And yes, I have been accused of being naive, or even in denial, but awesome IS my reality, so how could I believe otherwise??
    I listened to a Ted talk, that was posted here on GVU, by a man who was praising his grandfather, who even when he was in a challenging situation, sincerely appreciated all the positives, and when the grandson said to him, “Wow, way to see the glass half full!”, the Grandfather said, “It’s a beautiful glass”!!!
    It is indeed!
    Ease and flow,
    Julie Masters

  • Carolyn says:

    count me in Jeannette!

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