The Glass Half Full Or Half Empty

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“Is the glass half full or half empty”, a famous idiom, used to determine whether someone is an optimist or a pessimist. Even though seeing the glass half-full or having great expectations in life is a good thing, there is one fact we cannot deny; the fact that the glass is also half empty. To be able to deal with life with as few disappointments as possible, one needs to be an optimistic person, who has a healthy proportion of expectations and “what if” attitude so that one can be flexible when fails. We are all bound to experience failure many times in life. Failure can be devastating, but not a long-term hindrance to having a successful, flourishing life. Parents and caregivers can model ways to handle failure. This paper deals with ways caregivers can help children improve, learn, and build character traits to meet life’s challenges. Increasingly, schools have begun to recognize the importance of the social and emotional aspects of learning and the impact it have on a student’s ability to effectively learn in their educational environment. Optimists are likely to benefit in the social domain. For example, a study by Brissette and colleagues (2002) described earlier examined of how students coped with the challenge of starting college. Beyond subjective well-being, this study also made the point that optimists experienced greater increases in their social networks across the first semester of school than pessimist students. Other research has also found associations between expecting positive outcomes in the future and having broader social networks (MacLeod & Conway 2005) As can be seen and studied, emotional development refers to a child’s growing ability to regulate and control emotions and to form secure relationships. F... ... middle of paper ... ... their skills, find a passion, and feel capable in everyday accomplishments. According to Maccoby, Parental optimism and pessimism may be more important during the early years of life when parents provide almost exclusively the relationship of the child, and when longstanding relationships are especially plastic and open to social influences. In conclusion, Optimism is a thinking style that can be learned, which means that pessimism can be unlearned. Indeed, Optimism is beneficial in several ways. Firstly, optimism naturally promotes a positive mood, which helps with depression and anxiety. Secondly, optimism encourages greater persistence in the face of obstacles, which results in greater success. Finally optimism is better for one’s health. The key to be an optimistic person is to feel confident, self-esteem about yourself and pursue a dream until it becomes true.
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