Question: Is it better to be an optimist or realist?

While realistic optimists believe in their power to make good things happen, even through rough conditions. Realistic optimists believe in their power to make good things happen, even through rough conditions. This kind of mindset, Grant explains, is much more beneficial than being an unrealistic optimist.

What is the difference between an optimist and a realist?

The optimist expects much from life, as the optimist knows how beautiful and wonderful life can be. A realist just gets on with life, and drinks the water, understanding that to be in the moment is often the smartest thing to do in a world which is so uncertain, and beyond the control of any individual.

Can you be an optimist and a realist at the same time?

Being both optimistic and realistic, i.e. combining the two into one behavioral style of realistic optimism creates a special breed of very successful people. Realistic optimists stay positive and upbeat about the future, even – and especially - if and when they recognize the challenges ahead.

Are realists happier than optimists?

They found that when it comes to the happiness stakes, overestimating outcomes were associated with lower wellbeing than setting realistic expectations. The findings point to the benefits of making decisions based on accurate, unbiased assessments.

Is being realistic being negative?

Only considering the least desirable result isnt realistic, its just negative. Dont confuse realistic thinking with negative thinking. Realistic thinking is based in the likelihood that something could happen – positive, negative, or neutral. Being realistic is about considering both types of results.

Are pessimists more realistic?

So-called realistic optimists combine the positive outlook of optimists with the clear-eyed perspective of pessimists, new research has found. Past research has shown that optimists value thoughts that make them feel good about themselves, whereas pessimists prize a more truthful vision of themselves.

Is being realistic pessimistic?

Although our modern notion of being realistic is much closer to standard pessimism, i.e. downplaying the good things and seeing the bad as inevitable, a true realist is someone who makes completely unbiased judgements and who doesnt see things through any kind of filter, neither a positive nor a negative one.

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