The bright side: 15 signs you have a glass-half-full personality

Has anyone ever asked you, “Is your glass-half-empty or half-full?”

This of course is a metaphor for pessimism and optimism.

If you look at the glass as half-empty, it means that you’re fixated on the half that’s missing. That’s because you tend to focus on the negative aspects of a situation.

But if you see the glass as half-full, it means that you’re focusing on the fact that there’s still half a glass of water to drink. In other words, you’re someone who always tries to find the bright side to a situation!

So, let’s go ahead and look at 15 signs that you have a glass-half-full personality.

1. You always look for the silver lining

The first sign that you have a glass-half-full personality is the fact that you’re always looking for that silver lining – even in the darkest of clouds.

For example, say that you lose your job. Now, instead of freaking out or feeling depressed, you look at this as an opportunity to find a better job.

Let’s face it, it wasn’t the best job in the world but you were grateful to be working. Now that you’ve been let go, you’ve been given a chance to find something that’s more satisfying.

How great is that?

2. You focus on solutions rather than problems

Problems are unavoidable, it’s how we handle them that makes all the difference.

If you’re a glass-half-full type of person, that means that when you encounter a problem, you don’t let it overwhelm you. You don’t go around thinking how life sucks because of your problem.

So what do you do?

You look for the solution to your problem, of course!

I mean, a problem isn’t going to go away by itself and you feeling bad or complaining about it isn’t going to help.

If you want the problem gone – then you need to be proactive in finding a way to solve it.

It’s pretty simple.

3. You have a positive attitude and outlook on life

Life’s too short to waste time being negative, right?

If this is how you feel, if your philosophy is to “carpe diem” – that’s because you’re an optimist.

If someone asks you, “Do you wanna try bungee jumping?” your answer is a resounding “YES!”

And do you know what else? Your positive attitude and outlook on life are pretty contagious!

People feel good in your company and you really make them feel like each day is a blessing.

4. You’re resilient and bounce back quickly from adversity

What do you do when you fall off the horse?

You get right back on it, that’s what!

Because you have a glass-half-full personality, you don’t like to waste time beating yourself up about things that are out of your control. What you can control is your reaction – which is why you deal with adversity so well.

Here’s the deal:

Things happen and life doesn’t always go according to plan. But that’s ok, it happens to everyone. We just have to keep on pushing forward and not let anything or anyone keep us down.


5. You find humor in difficult situations

I mean, you have to, you really do.

For example, if you’re the type of person that can laugh at a funeral, it doesn’t mean that you’re not sad.

Having a glass-half-full personality means that you’re able to honor the memory of the deceased with a lighthearted joke or story. It means that you’re able to look back at the good times you had with them and be grateful.

Finding humor in a difficult situation will help you cope better and remind you that after the rain comes the sun.

It’s good to remember that humor makes the darkest and most trying of times a little bit more bearable.

6. You’re quick to forgive and rarely hold grudges

Holding grudges takes up so much of a person’s energy. And what good does it do?

If you’re the type of person who is quick to forgive and move on with life, and if you hate to hold grudges, it’s because you know that life is too short to waste on such negative feelings.

You’re eager to forgive and forget because you believe that the other person feels bad about what they did and that they’ll do better in the future.

In other words, you’re a glass-half-full type of person!

7. You’re naturally upbeat and enthusiastic

  • You’re a morning person.
  • You stop to pet every dog you pass on the street.
  • You’re happy the sun is out.
  • You’ll dance in the supermarket because they’re playing your favorite song.
  • You’re happy when you have unexpected guests.

Your upbeat nature and enthusiasm are like those of a child – you’re just happy to be alive.

8. You’re open to feedback and criticism

A glass-half-full personality knows that in order to succeed, you first need to fail a few times.

That’s why you’re open to feedback and criticism.

You’re a firm believer in life-long learning and if someone wants to teach you something, you’re happy to listen to them.

9. You genuinely believe in your ability to succeed

The truth is that if you don’t believe in yourself, then it doesn’t matter whether other people do.

You’re an optimist and that means that you have confidence and believe in your own abilities.

And the best part?

The fact that you have such a genuine belief in your ability to succeed is what makes you so successful.

10. You’re fun to be around

People are attracted to your positive energy and sunny disposition.

I mean think about it:

Why would someone spend time with someone negative who constantly complains and drains their energy, when they could be spending time with someone as fun-loving and optimistic as you are?

11. You’re open-minded and accepting of others

You’re a glass-half-full type of person and that means that you’re open-minded and accepting of others even when they’re different from you.

Being judgemental uses up a lot of negative energy, and you’re all about the positive energy, right?

So when someone is different, you look at it as an opportunity to learn something new – whether it be about a new point of view or a whole new culture.

In fact, you think that our differences are what make life so interesting. And I totally agree, life would be pretty boring if everyone was the same.

12. You rarely ever get angry

Again, you’re a positive person and you don’t want to waste your energy on negativity.

It would take something really serious and big for you to get angry, it’s just not in your nature.

If anything, you’ll feel hurt or disappointed and end up trying to find an excuse for the other person’s behavior.

13. You have a good sense of humor and can laugh at yourself

It’s important to be able to laugh and not take everything so seriously.

And as an optimist, you have a great sense of humor and are often seen laughing – it’s one of the reasons people are drawn to you.

And the best part is that you don’t take yourself too seriously, which means you can laugh at yourself, and self-deprecating humor is one of the best (look at most stand-up comedians!

14. You almost never complain

What’s to complain about?

I mean, there are people out there with real problems, you’re doing pretty well, am I right?

Life’s not perfect and you have your share of problems, but because you see the glass as half full, you tend to focus on the good things in your life and give thanks for them, instead of complaining about the bad stuff.

15. You believe that everyone has good in them

If you’re the type of person that can find good in even the most horrible person, it’s because you believe that everyone has good in them.

Maybe the good is hidden under A LOT of layers of darkness, but it’s in there somewhere.

Your glass-half-full personality means that you believe that given the chance, everyone can be redeemed.

Jelena Dincic

Jelena has a background in photography and film-making and has spent the last few years as a content editor and copywriter. Jelena is a citizen of the world who is passionate about travel and learning about new cultures. She’s a foodie who loves to cook. And, as an art lover, she is always experimenting with new art mediums. When she’s not at her computer, she’s usually out and about in some forest with her dogs.

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