When you are optimistic then you expect good things to happen, and when life gets rough you look at the good things that you have instead of focusing on the negative aspects of a situation. There are optimistic quotes which can be very uplifting and inspiring, and these may help you see the positive in life rather than the negative. Being optimistic is something that comes naturally to some people but others may have to work very hard to keep this attitude. Staying optimistic can be tough at times when things are not going your way, but no matter how bad things get it is important to remember that there are others who have it even worse no matter what your situation may be. This will help you stay positive at look at the silver lining instead of the dark cloud.