Pessimists may live longer than their positive peers
DO you think the glass is half empty?
Good for you - you may actually live longer for it.
A German study has suggested people who look for a silver lining may not live as long as their pessimistic counterparts.
This may come as a shock to many as it flies in the face of everything we've been told about "turning that frown upside down".
The study, which surveyed 40,000 Germans every year between 1993 and 2003, asked them to estimate their present and future life satisfaction.
The results were published in the March edition of Psychology and Aging.
Those who underestimated their life's satisfaction were, five years later, related to lower ratios for disability; and across 10 or more years later related to lower ratios of mortality.
"Pessimistic accuracy appears to be linked with preserved functional health and better chances to survive," wrote lead author Frieder Lang, a psychology professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Community Solutions service leader Nicola Orchard said in her role it was important to be a positive person.
"I'm very surprised by it," she said.
Ms Orchard said she made an effort to think positively because she felt it made her feel better.
"Our job is to assist people to find work - people with a disability as well as mainstream," she said.
"We need to be able to motivate them to want to go to work and to turn up each day to see us.
"A huge part of our role is motivating people."
As a health-conscience person, Ms Orchard said it concerned her that by thinking positively she may be ailing her health.
"I don't like it (the findings) at all," she said.
"If you get up in the morning and you're not feeling fantastic, I make sure I put a smile on my face as I'm driving to work, so I can feel good."
According to the study, those who were in good health or had a good income were considered pessimistic and expected the worst, unlike those in poor health or who had a low income.
Are you a glass half full person?
This poll ended on 21 March 2013.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.