Turns out "Glass Half-Full" People Have Other Great Traits, Too

Turns out "Glass Half-Full" People Have Other Great Traits, Too

An optimistic view of the world can seep into other areas of your personality. 

By Marianne Garvey
Glass Half Full vs Glass Half Empty

People that see the glass as half-full are optimistic, of course, but they also develop other positive personality traits that work in their favor. 

Those who view life as the glass half-full are often found to be decisive, playful, and creative. A new study of 2,000 Americans found that 58 percent of those asked said that the glass was half-full, while 16 percent felt that it was half-empty. The rest didn't go one way or another.

In addition to the traits above, glass half-full people also tended to be more patient, more creative, more competitive, more adaptable, and more playful than glass half-empty people, reports the study by Borden Dairy

Glass half-empty people were found to be laid-back, more introverted, more serious, and more proud than their opposites. Oddly, nearly half (48 percent) of empty-types said they were really optimistic. 

Glass half-full people may be that way due to the way they spend their time. The study found they spend about seven more hours a week on their hobbies than glass-empties.

Glass half-full people were also more likely to be morning people, even though both groups got an average of six hours of sleep per night. 

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