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Optimist or Pessimist? Your Word Choice Reveals

It’s a clear, sunny day and someone suddenly says, “It’s nice out but it’s too bright.”

You turn in a big project at work and it’s accurate, on-time and under-budget and your coworker says, “It’s too bad you didn’t present it on yellow paper, instead of white.”

We’ve all heard those comments and know the type: there’s always something negative to say. There’s always a “but.”

Do you realize that your word choice can reveal more about you than you think? How you phrase things can quickly and very simply expose whether you’re a glass half-full or glass half-empty kind of person.

Big deal, you say? Well, it kind of is a big deal because it can impact how others perceive you and in turn, how they react to you.

So why does this matter? If there are too many negatives, too many “buts,” people are going to perceive you as being universally negative. Let’s face it, who wants to work with or be around someone who is an eternal pessimist? That attitude brings bad energy and a run-down feeling. On the flip side, an optimistic attitude conveys energy, positivity and a sense that things can happen.

Ensuring your word choice is optimistic is beneficial in business and in your personal life. Pay attention to what you’re saying and how you’re saying it. If you catch yourself using negative language or being pessimistic, stop and think how you can rephrase it to be more positive. It’s not about being saccharine-sweet all the time or laughing in the face of adversity. It’s about taking a positive approach to life and conveying positive energy to those around you.

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