Feb 082016

How are you feeling about life? Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
Rob and Finn discuss how science is trying to find out what makes us think positively or negatively.
They also explain how we feel when we say our glass is half empty and when we say it’s half full.

So, what kind of person are you? We hear from some of our learners.



Vocabulary and definitions

an optimist – someone who thinks good things will happen
a pessimist – someone who always thinks bad things will happen in a situation
a state of mind – how you feel and what you think
influence – have an effect (on something or someone)
trigger – cause / make happen
depression – a medical condition where someone is very unhappy and cannot lead a normal life
point of view – how someone judges a situation
personality – how you behave, feel and think
drivers – (in this situation) things that make something else happen
traits – particular qualities or characteristics that someone has

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