By Kirstie Pursey

We may think of mentally strong people as being tough and unemotional. But other signs include crying, gratitude and taking responsibility for our lives.

Here are five signs of being mentally strong that you might find surprising:

  1. Practicing realistic optimism.

Positive thinking has been very popular recently, however, it does have its drawbacks. When our optimism is unrealistic, it does not help us to be mentally strong.

But we don’t want to be pessimistic either. Always expecting the worse does not help us to be strong. Luckily, there is a middle way.

A realistic optimist maintains a positive outlook but acknowledges the world as it is. They are optimistic but without fantasizing about what is impossible within the limits of reality. Read the complete post.