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Explanatory Style of the Optimist and Pessimist

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

***** optimist is "one who usually expects a favorable outcome." This is the definition of optimism provided by ***** American Heritage Dictionary. However, I would disagree with this definition. An optimist knows that the road ***** 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 his or her mind is more productive, as opposed to focusing on the negative aspects of *****. An optimist might know that he or s***** has 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 ***** believes in ***** power of ***** thinking—and doing, because if someone does not think in a positive fashion, he or she ***** very unlikely to try.

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

The cliche is this: for ***** optimist, the glass is half full, for the pessimist ***** glass is half empty. The optimist sees the half-full 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, I knew I ***** never get enough.' ***** ***** focuses on ***** he or she has at hand, the pessimist on what is lacking. Both the optimist and the pessimist live in imperfect w*****lds, ***** course. In e**********'s ***** 'a little rain must fall.' But the optimist is able to find the beauty in a ********** day, while ***** ***** can only see gloom and doom. The optim*****t knows ***** the sun will come out *****morrow or at least the day after tomorrow—or ***** day after that, as the weather is ***** chang*****g.

*****n optimist ***** a sense of humor. When he or she has a b*****d day, the optimist tells a funny story about the bad traffic, the 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***** ***** rest


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