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Explanatory Style of the Optimist and Pessimist

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

An ***** 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 ***** road of life sometimes has a few bumps and that a ***** outcome is not *****lways 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 life. An optimist might know that he or s***** has a h*****rd path ahead when pursuing a goal. The ***** has confidence that hard work will yield great dividends. ***** optimist will enjoy the journey to the goal, even if that goal is not achieved. An optimist believes in ***** power of ***** thinking—and doing, because if someone does not think in a positive f*****shion, he or she is very unlikely to try.

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

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

The cliche ***** t*****: for ********** 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 this glass 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 what he or she has at hand, the pessimist on what is *****. Both the optimist and the ***** live in imperfect w*****lds, ***** course. In e*****one's life 'a little rain must fall.' But the optimist is able to find the beauty in a ********** day, while the pessimist can only see gloom and doom. The optimist knows that the sun will come out *****morrow or at least the day after tomorrow—or the day after *****, as ***** we*****her is always changing.

An optimist ***** a sense of humor. When he or s***** h***** 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 she is in a funk for ***** rest


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