Is it the same thing to be optimistic and to be hopeful? No they are two different areas of focus and you can learn to be either.
To be optimistic (healthier brain focus) is to see things as isolated, temporary and to not take them personally. The easiest example is usually to compare an optimist to a pessimist. The pessimist says, this always happens to me, woah is me; while the optimist says I can't believe that happened! The optimist sees incidents as isolated events, that happened, where the pessimist has a more pervasive view of this is how it always happens. And the difference of the permanent thinking pessimist, this is how it is, how it's always been, and how it always will be; or the temporary issue, optimist thinker.
I think most of us know the difference pretty clearly, and pretty well of those two, but are less sure of the difference of being hopeful and being optimistic. In fact a lot of people would probably say, being hopeful is part of being an optimist.
But being hopeful is a skill, a strategy, and is something that you can learn, and use. It includes being mindful, and manageable (able to be accomplished), and having goals. Being mindful is that bigger picture view of this is what is happening, and this is the possibility of what it could become in the future. Choosing the goal, I want to be here, or have this, and then choosing the pathway forward to manage the journey to that new place. Mentally travelling to that new place, then creating and adhering to a strategy, a sequence of activity, for moving from current to future.
Safe and happy travels!
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