Optimism and pessimism – two diametrically opposed personality traits. We all know people who fall into both categories. Relatedly, each of us falls into one of the two categories as well.
Like most personality traits, pessimism and optimism exist on a continuum. A pessimistic person has moments of optimism, and an optimistic person has moments of pessimism. However, each of us leans one way or the other. Generally speaking, we each view the world through either a positive or negative lens.
Many people become negative over time after experiencing pain and heartache in their life. However, I believe this is a vicious cycle. Negative thinking results in things that will only bring about more negativity. Furthermore, people do not want to be around negative people. It's a real buzz-kill. So when negative people alienate those around them due to their negativity, the resulting loneliness results in even more negativity. The monster has been fed.
But the cycle can be broken. We own the cycle.
Some of the most positive and uplifting people in history (Martin Luther King jr., Gandhi, Anne Frank, Nelson Mandela, Helen Keller) haved experienced unimaginable pain...but they did not lose their positivity.
Positivite thinking can truly enhance one's life. Is it a magic cure for all ails? Of course not. But it can change the entire way that a person views the world.
Do you believe pessimism and optimism are inborn personality traits, or do you believe that they develop over time? Can they be changed? Are you glass half-full or glass half-empty?