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Explanatory Style of the Optimist and Pessimist

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

***** ***** is "one who usually expects a favorable outcome." This is the definition of 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 f*****vorable outcome is not always assured. Instead, an ***** is a person ***** believes that accentuating the positive in h***** or *****er mind is more productive, as opposed to focusing on the negative aspects of life. An optimist might know that he or s***** ***** a hard 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 ***** goal is ***** achieved. An ***** believes in ***** power of ***** th*****king—and doing, because if someone does not think in a positive fashion, he or she is very unlikely to try.

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

The pessimist only sees more gloom, doom, and the impossibility of things ever becoming better. A ***** is, according to the dictionary, defined as ***** who has: "a tendency to stress the negative or unfav*****able or to take the *****iest possible view" of circumstances. The pessimist may like to ***** of him ***** herself as more realistic and level-headed than an optimist, but in reality the *****'s po*****t is limited to seeing only one side of ***** equation of life. The pessimist's *****point is not always ***** accurate than the optim*****t's, simply more bleak.

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

An ***** h***** a sense of *****umor. When he or she has a b*****d day, the optimist tells a funny story *****bout the bad traffic, ***** loss of a contact lens, or the burnt toast. In the eyes of the pessimist, these mishaps are minor tragedies, and are cited as the reason that he or ***** is in a funk f***** the rest


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