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Explanatory Style of the Optimist and Pessimist

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

***** optimist is "one who usually expects a favorable outcome." Th***** is ***** definition of optimism provided by the American Heritage Dictionary. However, I would disagree with this definition. An optimist knows that ***** road of life sometimes has a few bumps and that a favorable outcome is not always assured. Instead, an ***** is a person who 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 pur*****uing a go*****l. *****e optimist has confidence that hard work will yield great dividends. The optimist will enjoy the journey to the goal, even if ***** goal is not achieved. An ***** ***** in the power of ***** th*****king—*****d doing, because if someone does not think in a positive f*****shion, he or she is very unlikely to try.

The optim*****t *****s that change is possible ***** at very least, change ***** impossible if 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 pessim*****t may like to think of him ***** herself as more realistic and level-headed than an optimist, but in reality the pessimist's point is limited to seeing only one side of ***** equation of life. The pessimist's *****point is not always ***** accurate ***** the optim*****t's, simply more bleak.

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

***** ***** has a sense of humor. 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 ***** 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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