Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

“Happiness is not something that can be found by simply looking for it, it’s a mood you create by being positive and seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty.”

-Rashida Rowe


Is your glass half full, or half empty? We’ve all heard this saying in one form or another, after all, it’s a common expression used to show whether a situation is cause for optimism or pessimism. How one looks at the cup shows one’s worldview.

We can go through life with an optimistic, or pessimistic attitude. The comedian Woody Allen sees the glass as half full…but of poison. When asked if his cup is half full or half empty, Sam Lefkowitz replied that he was thankful he had a cup. One day someone showed Alexander Vodorowsky a glass that was half full and asked him if it was half full or half empty, so he drank it. “No more problem,” he said. So, an optimist will tell you the glass is half full; the pessimist, half empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be.

So we know what the optimist and pessimist sees, but did you know that the Realist says: “Yep, that’s a glass alright”, and the Idealist, when he sees a glass half full of water thinks: “One day cold fusion from a glass of water will provide unlimited energy and end war.” Now, the Capitalist will say: “If I bottled this and gave it a New-Agey sounding name, I could make a fortune. “Where the Communist would believe: “This drink belongs to every single one of us in equal measure.” While the we’re on the subject; the Conspiracist would no doubt say: “The government is fluoridating the water for mind control purposes.” To the Sexist, “The glass isn’t going to refill itself, Honeybun.” While the Nihilist believes that the glass does not exist, and neither does he. And finally, the Opportunist thinks: “There’s a funny T-shirt in here somewhere.”

Okay, sorry. Let’s get serious again. Perceiving that the glass is half full helps keep things in our lives in perspective. Just as the cup can be half full or half empty, at the same time, there are both positives and negatives in many situations.

We can affect, to a degree, how our glass appears to us. as Shakespeare so eloquently put it: “There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Your view reveals your personality. For many years the field of Psychology  thought ones way of thinking about the glass was hardwired, that there was no way to change personal belief systems. Today psychology disagrees. Studies show that optimism is something that we can learn; just like pessimism. If you keep a journal, look for negative patterns in your writing. If you do have negative patterns, think of ways to replace those negative thoughts and actions with positive ones.

The Power of Positive Thinking

You have the power to control your thoughts; the glass may be half full of water, but the other half is full of air – A full cup! Cognitive Science has proven that positive thinking is a learned trait, the more you practice it, the stronger your neural connections become. Just remember: Whether you see it as half full, or half empty, the glass is refillable.

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable


Kelly Curtis