05/05/2014 06:40 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Optimist or Pessimist?

This, my friend, is a trick question because it's tough to answer, which gives it its intrigue.

But before we begin our detective work, here's something uplifting. Even if you find yourself in the pessimistic camp, you can change things up and become an optimist. Your fate is not sealed and that's a good thing because there are plenty of perks in being an optimist.

Hundreds of studies reveal that optimists:

  • have strong immune systems
  • age well
  • exceed predictions on aptitude tests
  • compete well
  • are undaunted by challenges
  • are happy

Now it's time to do some sleuthing and determine if you're an optimist or pessimist by answering the following questions:

  1. Do you believe defeat is just a temporary setback, limited to one case and the situation is not your fault?
  2. Or do you believe a bad event will last a long time, will undermine everything and is your fault?
  3. If you said yes to the first question, you're a certified optimist. But if you said yes to the second, you are a classic pessimist.

Here's the trick of it. Most of us are somewhere in-between these mindsets. The good news is that no matter where we are in the spectrum, there's no need to lose sleep. Just report back tomorrow for Part II of this blog so you can learn how to be a breakout optimist.

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