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Why Optimistic People Are Sad and Unhappy in Life; This is What They Can't Handle - Study

Optimistic people cannot easily accept bad news according to 18 years study by British Researchers. Photo:(Source/Courtesy).

A new study has found that optimistic people are sad and unhappiest people since they are unable to handle bad news.

The British researchers noted that true happiness is experienced by realistic people according to the SAGE Journal since seeing the glass half full doesn't mean more happiness.

The study was conducted on 1,600 volunteers at University of Bath and the London school of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for a period of 18 years.

Participants were asked fill in regular personal development questionnaires, undergo psychological tests to assess their level of stress, and were tested for their standard of living and self-confidence.

The way you perceive things or view the world with equal presentation of opportunity or trouble in a situation matters. Albeit being optimistic doesn't lead to happiness. Photo:(Source/Courtesy).

It was established that 80% of the population was too optimistic. With the results showing that optimistic people likely expected good news instead of more realistic expectations. A thing that resulted to much disappointment. 

Pessimistic people had also same expectations.

“Plans based on inaccurate beliefs make for poor decisions and are bound to deliver worse outcomes than would rational, realistic beliefs, leading to lower well-being for both optimists and pessimists. Particularly prone to this are decisions on employment, savings, and any choice involving risk and uncertainty," Professor at the University of Bath and lead author of the study, Dr. Chris Dawson noted.

Being realistic (just a glass of water) can help you to accept bad news and be ready for anything compared to half empty (pessimistic people) and half full glass (optimistic) individuals. Photo:(Source/Courtesy).

The study further established that the secret to happiness was found in realist individuals that accounted for low number compared to 80% of the population that was unrealistic optimists.

“I think for many people, research that shows you don’t have to spend time thinking positively can be a relief. It shows that looking realistically to the future and making good evidence-based decisions without having to dive into constant positivity can bring a sense of well-being,” Dawson added.

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British LSE SAGE Journal University of Bath


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