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Explanatory Style of the Optimist and Pessimist

***** versus pessimism: The explanatory style of the optimist and the pessimist

***** optimist is "one who usually expects a favorable outcome." Th***** is ***** definition ***** optimism provided by the American Heritage Dictionary. However, I would disagree with this definition. An optimist knows that the road of life sometimes has a few bumps and ***** a favorable outcome is not always assured. Instead, an ***** is a person who believes that accentuating the positive in his or her mind is more productive, as opposed to focusing on the negative aspects of *****. An optimist might know that he or she ***** a h*****rd path ahead when pursuing a go*****l. The ***** has confidence that hard work will yield great dividends. ***** optimist will enjoy the journey to the goal, even if that goal is ***** achieved. An optimist ***** in the power of positive th*****king—*****d doing, because if someone does not think in a ***** f*****shion, he or she is very unlikely to try.

The optim*****t *****s that change is possible or at very least, change ***** impossible ***** someone does not have faith in change.

The pessimist only sees m*****e gloom, doom, and the impossibility of things ever becoming better. A ***** is, according to the dictionary, defined as someone who *****: "a tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the *****iest possible view" of circumstances. The pessimist may like to think of him or herself ***** more realistic ***** level-headed than an optimist, but in reality the pessimist's point is limited to seeing only one side of ***** equation ***** life. The pessimist's view***** is ***** always ***** accurate than the *****'s, simply more bleak.

The cliche is t*****: for ***** optimist, the glass is half full, for the pessim*****t the glass is half empty. The optim*****t sees ***** half-***** glass, and wonders—how can I make this glass fuller, finding hope in the fact that ***** glass still contains something of worth? The pessimist focuses on what is lacking, and mutters—'see, I knew I would never get enough.' ***** optimist ***** on ***** he or she has at hand, the pessimist on what is *****. Both the optimist and ***** pessimist live in imperfect worlds, ***** course. In everyone's life 'a little ra***** must fall.' But the optimist is able to find ***** beauty in a **********y day, while the pessimist can only see gloom ***** doom. The optimist knows ***** the sun will come out tomorrow or at least the day after *****—or the day ***** that, as ***** weather is always changing.

********** optimist has a sense of humor. When he or she ***** a bad day, the optimist tells a funny story *****bout the bad traffic, the loss of a cont*****ct lens, or the burnt toast. In the eyes of ***** pessimist, these mishaps are minor tragedies, and are cited as the reason that he or she is in a funk for the rest

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