In teaching thinking skills I’ve often been asked, “Isn’t this just the same as positive thinking?” My answer, of course, is NO.
Everything in life is not positive. Many things are indeed negative. Pretending they are positive can be a barrier to effective thinking.
Quite far from positive thinking the kind of design thinking we promote in SOT (with tools and apps like cvs2bvs) is how to take the things that you have and design ways to add value or make them better. Just pretending things will be positive is not design thinking.
Hope (or prayer, for that matter) is NOT a strategy.
If you’ve got ten minutes, here’s an animated discussion of the negatives of “positive thinking” by Barbara Ehrenreich.