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Do you have a positive attitude or a negative one?

Asked by Pandora (28095points) August 5th, 2017

I’ve always thought my self as neither being positive or negative. But recently I’ve noticed a tendency to be positive. Within the last 2 weeks. I’ve fallen out in the parking lot flat on my butt. And although I was pissed and it gave me a mad headache, I was thinking, “Thank God, he gave me a round enough butt to land without injury and that my clothes didn’t get ruined and I didn’t even get a scratch.” My husband saw me fall and thought I may have hit my head. Nope. My hands went back and touched the ground but they didn’t get scratched.

Next I twist my ankle on the only rock on a parking lot. “I got mad again but thank God for my thick ankles that can take a bit of punishment,” So no real injury and I managed not to even hit the ground this time.

Next. Long story. A/C is out and I prop a heavy wooden framed picture above the door to prevent the morning sun from coming in the door. I secured it but obviously not well enough. But I kept an eye on it whenever I went to the door. Open and closed plenty of times and it didn’t budge. Well the one time I forgot was the one time it happen to fall and it hit my head really hard.

Even while cursing up a storm this time, again. I thanked God for giving me a thick head and for having bags a ice ready to cool myself down. I put the ice on my head and what should’ve been a bump the size of my hand, is only about 2 inches round and it only hurts if I press on it.

So it got me thinking. Apparently, I must be a positive thinker since I didn’t look at the bad luck of it all. I saw a fortunate outcome. Things could’ve been way worse. Butt’s okay, ankles okay and my head just has a slight bump.

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20 Answers

cookieman's avatar

I’m an “expect the worst, hope for the best” kind of person.

filmfann's avatar

I am a pessimistic optimist.
Things will get better, but probably not in the near future.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Neither really, I am sort of a take-what-comes sort of person with a bit of cynicism sprinkled in.

snowberry's avatar

About half and half for me.

JLeslie's avatar

Both.

I look forward to every day, and almost always have fun every day.

I also in the last several years find it very hard to trust professionals and I’m very negative going in whenever I have to rely on an accountant, lawyer, doctor, serviceman, I just feel like almost everyone is incompetent at some level or another, or a liar. It’s pretty awful to feel that way.

janbb's avatar

Depends on the day.

Pandora's avatar

@janbb I had a crappy week because the A/C was down and I keep getting the run around by my home warranty and the repair people. Even had one day where my body temp was 100. All I kept thinking was that it could be worse. I didn’t even lose my temper on that very hot day. I was just too hot and tired to care. Just odd. I always thought I leaned towards the negative.
As a matter of fact, I was so grateful for a beautiful day that I wondered if I may have missed it by being indoors with the A/C running. So I enjoyed a good part of my day outdoors in my yard. Everything looked great and felt great.

josie's avatar

Positive
What benefit is derived from negative?

stanleybmanly's avatar

Definitely negative. Mine is the opposite of the ability to find the good in anything.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I thought I was negative, but it turns out that I’m more positive than some people. Like you, I can see the silver lining in some things.

But then again I have days when I think everything is going to hell. They don’t last for long fortunately.

ragingloli's avatar

I am a realist. Which means other people think I am negative. But they are just naive idiots.

Sneki2's avatar

Depends on my mood, temperature, time of the day, time of the month, have I eaten or not and what exactly are we talking about.

imrainmaker's avatar

I tend to be positive in most situations but there are some aspects of life in which I think in negative way rather than positive. Need to improve on that one.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I don’t know.
I don’t care.

marinelife's avatar

I tend to be positive and upbeat most of the time.

NomoreY_A's avatar

I’m generally upbeat with a, “What, me worry?” outlook on life. So I guess I’d say positive, for the most part. Things seem generally to work out for the best.

Mariah's avatar

I was a famously optimistic child but I’ve grown up to be pretty negative. It’s not a conscious choice and I wish I were more positive but so far my efforts to change have not worked.

flutherother's avatar

I am mostly positive.

Soubresaut's avatar

I’m fairly good at being chipper, and reasonable at casting people/situations in a generally positive light. And it’s true that very few of the “little things” bother me. I think these are the reasons I get told that I’m a positive/optimistic person. I’m always searching for a “better” answer even if it isn’t there…

I also have a pessimistic streak. It’ll wax and wane somewhat. I can get pretty gloomy at my lowest. Still learning to feel okay with that fact about myself—I worry it makes me a bit too much like some people I grew up knowing.

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