The Surprising Upside To Pessimism

There's a benefit to seeing the glass half-empty.

Contrary to popular belief, having a positive outlook doesn't always lead to positive results. While 89 percent of the world self-identifies as optimists, they may be missing out on some of the benefits of pessimism.

Pessimism, the tendency to see the downside in every situation, is sometimes a more reliable way to wring more pleasure from life. This isn't too surprising: With lowered expectations comes less tension and more protection from disappointment.

Previous research has shown that pessimists have more durable relationships, while couples who try to force themselves to stay positive in order to deal with relationship problems actually end up hurting their relationship.

Of course, you don't have to be a Grinch to benefit from pessimism. Just a simple tweaking of expectations can help get you closer to happiness. Check out the video from The School of Life above to learn more about this bright trick.

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