Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty?


(DGIwire) — Shakespeare once said, “There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Two people can see the same situation in very different ways. An optimist would look a bad situation and say the glass is half full, while a pessimist would disagree, saying the glass is half empty.  Some people feel their lives are full of rainbows, others only cloudy days.  These sayings are merely just metaphors for how people view their life. Perspective influences and shapes everything. Whether you see the glass half empty or half full is your perspective; others might be able to shine a glimmer of light on a dismal situation, making it not seem so bad. Having an optimistic outlook makes for an overall happier individual. Just because you find yourself in an unfortunate situation, doesn’t mean you have to let it overtake you and feel down. Being happy and optimistic will in return produce opportunities and positive results.

Your ability to see the glass half full ultimately leads to a happier life. You miss so much if you look at the glass with a negative slant, and fail to see all the good things life has to offer. By simply eliminating the “glass half empty” mentality, you can remove negativity and make way for more positive thoughts. People who think positively welcome the challenge of recovering from personal setbacks. What do you ever get out of life by looking at its negative aspects?

“Happiness is controlled by our minds. Anyone can attain happiness with the right mental attitude and state of mind. I understand that everyone cannot be happy all the time—certain catastrophes are simply unavoidable—but it is important to focus on the solutions rather than the problems,” says Harry Edelson, the legendary financial analyst and soon-to-be-published author of the new book Positivity: How to Be Happier, Healthier, Smarter; and More Prosperous.

In his book Edelson quotes poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow saying, “Into each life some rain must fall,” all while reminding us the old saying, “April showers bring may flowers.”

Some core tips for seeing the glass half full and turning the negative into a positive include:

  • Use positive thinking
  • Focus on solutions rather than the problems
  • Be thankful for what you have

Edelson grew up very poor in what was known as “the murder capital of New York,” but through his constant happy spirit and positive attitude, he was able to become a self-made success in the financial world.

Through his book Edelson discusses many tips for leading a happy and successful life, even in the most challenging circumstances. Positivity is available now for pre-order at