Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today we’ll show you how to add this tiny phrase to your repertoire to put a positive spin on what happens in life.

Americans have a reputation for being overly optimistic and positive.

We did an episode about this a few years ago called Does American Optimism Annoy You?

We did another episode on how to use “yet” to put a positive spin on your goals and dreams.

But today we’ll show you how to use “at least.”

We think you can become more successful at work if you are optimistic.

In fact, our language and word choices can determine our thought patterns so we can indeed create our own reality.

What we pay attention to is what actually exists so if you want to bake this mindset into your English phrases you could insert “at least” into your phrases.


  • “I got yelled at by my boss today but at least I still have a job.”
  • “You can’t visit your friend in the hospital but you can at least send flowers.”


Listen to the conversation between Lindsay and Michelle to get examples on how to use this in a real situation.


What do you think?

What other phrases could you add to your English repertoire to be more positive?

Let us know in the comments.

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