Research with 500 employees in Germany suggests that even the most optimistic need some time to recover from getting fired.

Although that seems to make sense, there is a commonly held misconception that optimists bounce back faster and suffer less long lasting effects when their employment ended. Not true suggests the study. Even those who scored the highest on tests that determined their level of optimism suffered increased stress and loss of happiness.

"The good news is tough times don't last, tough people do" to quote Dr. Robert Schuller.