The outlook of each person is different, and our attitude and solution of the same event are also different. When something bad happens, some tend to see the event as a single event which does not affect their lives. On the other hand, the others feel that an event is just one of string of bad events affecting their lives. When you are looking at a glass that is filled exactly halfway with liquid, is the glass half full or half empty to you? People who see an event which is much worse than it is and say it is half empty glass are called pessimists. They do not brave to overcome troubles in their live; in contrast, they usually live in fear that bad things will come to them. In simple terms, pessimists have the negative outlook and feel hopeless. Hopelessness is another characteristic of pessimists. They do not enjoy life and get depressed when they think about the future. They try nothing new or challenging and never take any risks because they feel that they will fail. They lack the belief that everything could change and have a similar premonition that they would never succeed in anything they tried.
An optimist, on the other hand would say the glass was half full. They see the good side of things in life. They think positively and they always try to make the positives outweigh the negatives.
We've all heard the sayings, urging us to be optimistic in life. "Every dark cloud has a silver lining", "The darkest night is just before the dawn", "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" and all that. The old folks tell us this all the time, guiding us with all thier experience and wisdom. And it's drilled into our heads, optimism is good, pessimism isn't. When we dream big, anyone who tells us that there is even a slightest chance of it not coming true is considered to be a pessimist. What we don't realise is that we always fear our dreams slipping out of reach, but put those thoughts away because we have hope. But when anyone questions our hopes, we follow...
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