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Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in Julie & Julia Reinforce the Importance of Optimistic and Encouraging Partners

If you want to claim your own optimism advantage, you might want to see Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in Julie & Julia. Watching their performances was a true joy. I think I had a smile on my face throughout the whole movie. You follow two women in search of their own dreams. Based on two true stories, you are captured by the power of purpose—one being Julia’s drive to give America the joy of French cooking and the other Julie finding her voice as a writer by creating her own blog. You can watch Dr. Paulson’s commentary by clicking here or by reading on below:

Julie and Julia earned their confidence and optimism the old fashioned way by going over, around and through obstacle after obstacle in pursuit of their dreams. The story line has been analyzed from many different angles. What interested me was the importance of their partners in sustaining the women’s optimism and drive through the tough times they faced. Both husbands were clearly in their wives’ corners. They encouraged them, loved them, endured their ups and downs and stood by them as resident cheerleaders.

Of course, one could argue that there was clearly a great payoff for both husbands—great food and an appreciative partner! I’m reminded of Mark Twain’s great admonition: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Yes, it does help to have a village to deliver on your dream, but it has to be the right kind of village. If you want to be more optimistic, find an optimistic and encouraging partner and supportive friends to fill your village!

Don’t leave this to chance. Don’t just wait for the right time to be with your best supporters; make a date to get together and put it in your calendar. The people you most want and need to be with are busy people. If you don’t make dates, you’ll never see them. The people you least like to be with will find you wherever you are. If your calendar is filled with your encouraging network, you’ll have the right kind of village to support your optimistic attitude and your dreams. Please honor the encouragers in your life by writing a comment about how they made a difference in your life and in achieving your dream. Now, if you haven’t seen this great film, don’t miss it while it is still in the theaters.

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