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The right kind of pessimism can have a positive effect on your life

It's not all bad.

glass half empty

Seeing the glass as half empty may inspire some people to fill it up.

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How many times have you been told that something great will happen as long as you believe it is possible? From pop psychology books to self-improvement seminars and blogs, there’s a lot of hype surrounding the advantages of positive thinking. And there’s certainly some evidence behind it—a large body of work suggests that being optimistic reaps a number of positive rewards, including better health and wellbeing.

But what about the people who tend to see

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