posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 05:20 AM
reply to post by happykat39
It makes perfect sense:
Lang and colleagues hypothesized that people who were gloomy about their future may be more careful about their actions than people who anticipated a
"Perceiving a dark future may foster positive evaluations of the actual self and may contribute to taking improved precautions," authors wrote.
"We found that from early to late adulthood, individuals adapt their anticipations of future life satisfaction from optimistic, to accurate to
pessimistic," the authors concluded. "Pessimistic accuracy appears to be linked with preserved functional health and better chances to survive."
It makes sense to me that Pessimistic people are less likely to take risks than optimists that think that everything will always work out in their
favor and therefore with less risks there is a greater chance of survive and a higher chance of being accurate.
It feels good to imagine the worse, and then be relieved that it doesn't happen,
rather than imagine the best happening and being disappointed when it doesn't.
At least in my opinion...
This is why gratitude is important too, the next time you complain about waiting in line to purchase your groceries, be happy that you HAVE groceries
to purchase and that there isn't a shortage on food.
edit on 5-3-2013 by arpgme because: (no reason given)