I remember a time at work when I was told I was the happiest and most positive person, which I accept as a compliment. As this was shared during a team dinner, I told the story of Pollyanna and her use of 'The Glad Game’ to influence an entire community. One of my favorites from childhood, I was shocked that not one person in the group had seen the movie.
Not only had they not seen it, one colleague informed me that being a ‘Pollyanna’ is viewed negatively. What? I was in even more shock! Or perhaps I heard it and did not believe it based on my interpretation of the character.
What is the a desire behind over analyzing a character to find a flaw? Let's encourage people to look for the good. I will have a section of my blog, “Gladly Green” to keep the spirit of the glad game alive.
Positive perspective and optimism do not require a complete disconnection from reality - as some articles comment. Maintain a positive approach to a project at work while also understanding the details to drive and collaborate the team(s) to success.
In honor of 'Pollyanna', I created my version of the 'Pollyanna Look' today - with a quirky twist.
In Terry DeMeo's article 'The Power of Pollyanna How Gratitude Can Improve Your Health Happiness and Well Being'
In Ruth Graham's article 'How We All Became Pollyannas (And Why We Should be Glad About It)'
In Seth Godin's post, he compares Cassandra and Pollyanna. I would rather be the Pollyanna. An optimistic view can influence positive interactions and teamwork - it doesn’t always indicate everything is fine.
To form your own opinion on the 'Pollyanna Principle', watch the movie for yourself.
What do you think?