I don’t quite know where I fall on the scale or if even falling is the mark of a pessimist.
Apparently, being optimistic about life keeps you from dying early.
According to research, the insanely positive types can get to live for an extra 11-15%. That means that if I was to be knocked down by a bus, squashed by a train, or just fell off a cliff (at this very moment), it would not have happened for about another eight and a half years, if I was thinking right.
In that time, I could probably experience another sitting of Trump madness, watch the UK economy implode (due to BREXIT), see totalistarian populism replace reason, and witness my first mass extinction event.