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Explanatory Style of the Optimist and Pessimist

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

An ***** is "one who usually expects a favorable outcome." This is the 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 that a favorable outcome is not always assured. Instead, an optimist is a person who believes that accentuating the positive in h***** or her mind is more productive, as opposed to focusing on the negative aspects of life. 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. The optimist will enjoy ***** journey to the goal, even if ***** goal is not achieved. An ***** believes in the power of positive thinking—*****d doing, because if someone does not think in a ***** fashion, he or she is very unlikely to try.

The optimist knows that change is possible or at very least, change ***** impossible ***** someone ***** not have faith in *****.

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

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

***** optimist ***** a sense of humor. When he or she h***** a b*****d day, the optimist tells a funny story *****bout 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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