Half of the Glass

Half of the Glass Is the glass half empty or half full? This is a common question that many people have asked themselves in the past. Depending on the person, there are two major answers. If the person is an optimist, the glass is half full. If the person is a pessimist, the glass is half empty. Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ” The pessimist is the more realistic and cautious person. The optimist is the more carefree easy oing person.
Determining the differences between the two is simple. A person who is pessimistic is someone who only thinks about the negative side of situations. To a pessimist, if there is a chance of rain, he will only think about flooding and storms. If his favourite hockey team is playing, he will only focus on the fifty percent chance of losing. If there is a chance that something can go wrong, the pessimist will spot it. But from an optimist’s point of view, there is always something positive that will rise from of an event.
For example, although it was forecasted to rain, an optimist will think about the sun shining afterwards. He will think of the fifty percent chance of his favourite hockey team winning. There is always a positive side to his thinking. The two views both have their advantages and disadvantages. Imagine two men walking down a street. The man on the left is smiling. It is thunderstorming yet he’s got a skip in his step like Dorothy down a yellow brick road. The one on the right is frowning. Grumpily walking, he kicks a small dog in his path.

Obviously these examples are exaggerated but the point is, it’s a much easier and carefree life when you are an optimist. The ability to see the positive in all situation is certainly a desired trait. But imagine this. Same street with same two guys only this time, it’s not raining. It’s dooms day. The earth is spewing steaming lava across the road, meteors are fall from the sky, people are frantically screaming for their lives, the whole deal. The man on the right is doing the sensible thing. He’s crying for his mommy and trying to find way to survive this nightmare.
The guy on the left is still smiling. “This storm will clear up soon! ” he perks. In this situation it’s probably best to assume the worst. In the world, fifty four percent of people claim to be optimists. Twenty percent of people claim to be pessimists and twenty five percent are undecided or neutral. It’s weird to think that more than half the world sees the glass half full. This may be due to it’s perks that pessimist can’t provide. A life of optimism is a life of happiness, a life f no worries, a life of challenges and win win scenarios for every event.
What’s interesting, though, is that studies have shown people who are pessimistic tend to live longer lives than others. When I am asked “Is the glass half full or half empty? ” I reply with the following. Although the glass is half full with liquid, it is also half full with air. This can be turned around. The glass is half empty, void of liquid. It is also half empty, void of air. The two are complete opposites. In the end I look at the glass as it is. The glass is a glass. Just drink it. By vakenbear

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