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    Study suggests pessimism makes you live longer.

    Probably not really worth it, anyway. But here goes....

    "Older people who have low expectations for a satisfying future may be more likely to live longer, healthier lives than those who see brighter days ahead, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association."

    Click here to read more about this story.

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    I have always been an optimist, when things have been a bit desperate I just think oh well it wont last things will get better soon, and they always do.

    I would not want my mind full of doom and gloom. I have high expectations for the furture. I`M DOOMED

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    I have a coworker who is, who knows most pessimistic person I have ever met. If you say something positive she can turn it into negative. Also it affects to others. If you give normal orders there comes a lot of explanations but in the end she has to obey.

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    I didn't see any numbers in the report -- so we don't necessarily know how great the difference between the "pessimists" and the "optimists". But the truth is, if I'm 30 and I predict I'll be dead in 30 years, most would say I'm pessimistic. But if I made the same prediction at 65, I'm not pessimistic, but realistic.

    The study doesn't tell us that the "pessimistic" group would really be like "the most pessimistic person I have ever met". All we know is that in the study, they're less optimistic than the most optimistic ones. But maybe if we knew the actual numbers, we'd simply say the top two groups were just "dreamers". Of course, I personally would have expected the middle group to live the longest, which does not seem to be the case -- although they apparently did live longer than the most optimistic.

    But again, if you're 65 and you say "my health will go downhill in the next 10 years" -- sadly, you have a better chance of being right than if you're 20. And if it doesn't ... well, I know I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed. But I don't really see myself as a pessimist, but more as a realist "Doo doo" happens. That's why there are wipes.
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    This topic just made me think about a pessimistic person I'm working with every day. It also gives me something to think what kind of person I'm in my "age group". I think it is little to do with your character too. Not all old people are pessimistic rather realistic. But one thing is quite normal that when you do get older you won't get any younger or healthier than you were in your 20-30.

    Although I do know certain thingsare getting worser, still I have a hope. You can not trust on dreams either, some come true most of them not which are unrealistic perhaps. Pessimism is not all so bad it can lead to good changes.

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    I didn't see any numbers in the report -- so we don't necessarily know how great the difference between the "pessimists" and the "optimists". But the truth is, if I'm 30 and I predict I'll be dead in 30 years, most would say I'm pessimistic. But if I made the same prediction at 65, I'm not pessimistic, but realistic.

    The study doesn't tell us that the "pessimistic" group would really be like "the most pessimistic person I have ever met". All we know is that in the study, they're less optimistic than the most optimistic ones. But maybe if we knew the actual numbers, we'd simply say the top two groups were just "dreamers". Of course, I personally would have expected the middle group to live the longest, which does not seem to be the case -- although they apparently did live longer than the most optimistic.

    But again, if you're 65 and you say "my health will go downhill in the next 10 years" -- sadly, you have a better chance of being right than if you're 20. And if it doesn't ... well, I know I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed. But I don't really see myself as a pessimistic, but more as a realistic. "Doo doo" happens. That's why there are wipes.

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    Yes, the bad thing about being a pessimist is you can make yourself unhappy before you have any real reason to be. On the other hand, if you expect the worst -- you can either be happy because you're proven wrong, or you can tell everybody "I told you so" if you're proven right.
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    This talk about optimism and pessimism reminds me of the engineers joke....

    A pessimist says that the glass is half empty.
    An optimist says that the glass is half full.
    An engineer says that the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

    Although this is a joke, it is very true about the way that engineers think (myself included).

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    Yes I completly agree with u, if a person expects anything and If that particular thing went wrong, then a person becomes unhappy.
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    I can see how this can make some sense. If someone is a pessimist, they might be more open to change, such as eating habits, lifestyle changes etc while an optimist might just keep on going with their daily routine because they feel like everthing they're doing is fine the way it is

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    A pessimist is an optimist with experience.

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