Glass Half Empty…..or Half Full?


Are you a glass half empty or half full person? I confess. I can often be a glass half-empty person….a bit of a pessimist. Not always. It depends on what we’re talking about. I can also be a crazy glass half-full optimist. This expression is used so often now that it’s often just referred to as the “Optimist/Pessimist saying.”

The glass half-empty saying is an idiom. When you think about it, you realize it is used to illustrate that different people perceive a situation in different ways. Some optimistically. Some not so much. How you perceive a situation is based, to some extent, on your own experiences during your life. Some people have had experiences that have made them more an optimist than a pessimist and vice versa.

The glass half-empty principle really becomes interesting when you think of how attitude affects your health. If you always see the glass half-empty, then you have a pessimistic view of life. Can that possibly be healthy? Of course not! If you are an optimistic person, you wake up every morning and see the day filled with possibilities. You expect positive results from what you do each day. A study done consisting of a group of law students in 2012 found that the law students who were optimistic made more than $30,000 above their pessimistic counterparts. Optimism creates good fortune. If you are a pessimist and expect bad things to happen, it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It’s a tough world out there and you can use the glass half-full/half-empty saying to help yourself out if you are trying to improve your life by…..let’s say……buying a home, getting a job, or something else equally difficult in this world of ours. First, avoid pessimists! They drain your energy and sap your self-confidence. Engage with people like an optimist. Carry yourself well. Don’t slump. Look good. Spiff up your personal hygiene — hair, nails, clothes. Smile and laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine. Think of that half-full glass and feel optimistic and smile. Laughter has all kinds of health benefits such as lowered blood sugar and blood pressure. Plus it makes you look good and feel good. Get some exercise. Take the dog for a walk. Exercise releases all those feel good endorphins.

We live in a world that tends to be a glass half-empty place. Be a glass half-full person  and you will be surprised what you can accomplish. #writing #amwriting #blogging #glass half-full #dailyprompt






On Being Careful

We live such careful lives these days. We ride our bikes and wear helmets. We drive our cars and wear seat belts. It seems that we strive to not only be politically correct at every turn but to live our lives in a “middle of the road” kind of way. We want to achieve balance between work and home, between the personal and the professional, between the fun stuff and the stuff we think we have to do. Where has the spontaneity gone? The passion? Why don’t we throw caution to the wind anymore? What are we afraid of?

I think it may be all about money and what isn’t about money may be about fear. We are afraid to throw caution to the wind and live spontaneously because what if something unexpected happens? What if we ride our bike with no helmet and get hurt? I see a cascade of money resulting from that decision. Do we have health insurance to take care of that injury? What if we have a head injury and are permanently impaired? Then we can’t work and make money. Who will care for us and how? Money and fear. All because we just jumped on our bike one day and took a ride up the street without a helmet.

In a more innocent time, such fears never occurred to us.

These fears have dulled our passion for life and its joys. We think many frames ahead. We plod along, living the life we think we want or have to live, and we don’t have the fun we want to have because of fear. Live your best life. Don’t be afraid. You only have one.