According to Carol Dweck, “in a fixed mindset students believe that their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are fixed. That one has a certain amount and that’s it. In a growth mindset, however, students understand that their talents and abilities can be through abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching, and persistence.”
Realistic Optimism is a way of seeing life hopefully and having an expectation of success through effort and perseverance. It is not simply positive thinking or wishful thinking, it’s choosing how to respond and being practical and working hard to get desired results.
Realistic optimism correlates strongly with good health and effective coping strategies. It can be learned and, if practiced, can become a way of thinking.