The difference between optimist and pessimist jokes (59+)

difference between optimist and pessimist jokes

In this article, we will talk about the difference between optimist and pessimist. We also collected some of the funniest differences between optimist and pessimist jokes. 

The difference between optimist and pessimist 

The difference between optimistic and pessimistic is that optimists focus on the full half of the glass, while pessimists rather see the empty one; it is about the different way in which everyone focuses only on those aspects that they tend to exaggerate and at the same time lose sight of the opposite ones: optimists are more attracted to positive stimuli and pessimists to negative ones. 

Optimists do not relate to the past and do not allow past failures to overwhelm them, unlike pessimists who place undue importance on the mistakes and failures they have had.

The difference between optimist and pessimist jokes (59+)

Optimists believe that the negative events they experience are temporary and do not affect other aspects of life, unlike pessimists, who tend to exaggerate the effects of a negative event and see it as permanent and general.

For negative situations, pessimists usually make internal assignments (consider themselves directly responsible for what happens to them), while optimists think that they have control over their lives and in their ability to maintain relationships with others. 

Optimists tend to see good things everywhere, they have more confidence in them than pessimists and the positive things the future holds for them.

If pessimists tend to notice the dangers and obstacles that prevent them from accomplishing something, optimists often identify potential opportunities.

In the face of challenges, optimists are more likely to react more quickly than pessimists, as the latter consider it unnecessary to make an effort.

In the organizational environment, pessimists and optimists also have different attitudes and reactions, especially when faced with change: optimists adapt more easily to new working conditions, discover opportunities and focus on their development, while more pessimistic employees are more depressed, fail to cope with change and often experience decreased performance.

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  1. “A group of retirees meets in a Tel Aviv coffeehouse to discuss the world’s many problems. One of them shocks his friends by announcing: “I’m an optimist.”

Another asks: “Then why do you look so worried?”

Answer: “You think it’s easy to be an optimist?” 

  1. “Have I told you about the Russian optimist vs the pessimist?

The pessimist says, ” Things could not get worse.”

The optimist says, ” Oh yes they can.”

(originally a Soviet joke)

  1. “A psychiatrist has one son who is a total pessimist, and another who is a complete optimist.  He decides on an experiment.  For Christmas, he fills the pessimist’s room with hundreds of beautifully wrapped gifts and dumps a heap of horse manure in the optimist’s room. 

On Christmas morning he sees the pessimist boy sitting motionless at the centre of his room, eyeing his gifts suspiciously.

But over in the optimist’s room, he sees his boy filled with joy, digging happily in the odorous pile.

He asks the kid what he’s doing and he answers:  “Daddy, with all this horse dung, there’s gotta be a pony in there someplace.”

  1. “A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.” – Don Marquis
  1. “I guess you could say I’m an internal optometrist.” – Anonymous
  1. “There’re many pessimists who got that way by financing an optimist.” – Anonymous
  1. “The basis of optimism is sheer terror.” – Oscar Wilde
  1. “An optimist is a girl who mistakes a bulge for a curve.” – Ring Lardner
  1. “My husband and I didn’t sign a pre-nuptial agreement; we signed a mutual suicide pact.” – Roseanne Barr
  2. “An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery.” – Walter Winchell
  1. “Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.” – Enoch Arnold Bennett
  1. “An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out.” – George Jean Nathan
  1. “If you’re feeling good, don’t worry… you’ll get over it.” – Boling’s Postulate
  1. “Some people think of the glass as half full; some people think of the glass as half empty; I think of the glass as too big.” – George Carlin
  1. “There’s light at the end of this rainbow.” – Anonymous
  1. “How can you tell an optimist from a pessimist?

Ask them to pronounce OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE.”

  1. “An optimist says the glass of wine is half full, the pessimist says it’s half empty, and the realist says it’s not one or the other, but exactly halfway filled.

Meanwhile while the three are arguing, the opportunist comes in and drinks the entire glass of wine.”

  1. “An optimist, a pessimist and a realist are standing next to each other.

The optimist sees light.

The pessimist sees light at the end of a tunnel.

The realist sees a truck at the end of a tunnel.

The truck driver sees three idiots which he’s about to run over.”

  1. “What did the optimist say when he was pushed off a storey building?
  • So far so good…”
  1. “How can you easily spot an optimist?

An Older person buying green bananas.”

  1. ‘What do you call a depressed optimist?

A neutralist.”

  1. “I’m optimistically single.

My bed is half full.”

  1. The Pessimist says, “Everything is terrible! It can’t get any worse.”

To which the Optimist replies, “Oh yes it can!”

  1. “What’s the difference between an optimistic Mexican and a pessimistic Mexican?

Mexican and Mexican’t.”

  1. “I’m feeling optimistic. Tomorrow’s going to be a Good Friday.”
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  1. “We have to stay optimistic now

Because positive is not a good sign….”

  1. “What’s the difference between an optimist and a pessimist?

An optimist created the airplane; a pessimist created the seat belts.”

  1. “Why did the optimist lose his job at the photographic processing lab?

He couldn’t focus on the negatives.”

“Dear Optimist, Pessimist, and Realist,

While you were arguing over that glass of water, I drank it. -Opportunist”

  1. “An optimist lost his footing and fell off the top of a tall building

A man on the 18th floor saw it right as it happened. As the optimist was plunging towards certain death, the man calls out “how’s it going?”, to which the optimist replied “so far, so good!”

  1. “How many optimists does it take to change a lightbulb?

None. They just find light in the darkness.”

  1. “Life can be tough sometimes, but I truly am an optimist.
  2. “What species is the most optimistic?

Fish, they take every oppor-tuna-ty”

  1. “Why are all optimists blind? They’re constantly looking at the bright side of life.”
  2. “A pessimist sees the glass half empty; an optimist sees the glass half full.

Dave: (reading) a pessimist sees the glass half empty; an optimist sees the glass half full.

Wife: [returning from the kids room] why is half my soda gone?

Dave: because you’re a pessimist.”

  1. “Optimist” is a person who keeps his car’s motor running…

…while his wife goes shopping.

  1. Optimist: Someone who is still waiting for Half-Life 3” 
  2. My goal is to become an optimist. I have done absolutely nothing for the goal so far …
    … but that’s already a very good start!!!
  3. What do you call a Canadian who puts away their winter clothes in May?

An optimist.

  1. I’m an optimistic pessimist.

I’m positive things will go wrong.

  1. Contrary to popular belief, I’m an optimist

I am confident that I’ll die tomorrow

  1. What did the optimist say after losing control on the left half of his body?

I’m all-right

  1. Optimist: “This glass is half-full.” Pessimist: “This glass is half-empty.”

EA Employee: “Download the next half for $9.99!”

  1. Why did the optimistic electrician lose his job?

He kept on turning negative

  1. A pessimist and an optimist are at a bar having a drink.

The pessimist says “things couldn’t be going any worse for me right now”. The optimist says, “yeah they could”.

  1. Optimist thinks that the world he’s living in is the best possible.

Pessimists are afraid that it’s really true.

  1. I came up with my New Year’s resolution. I will be more of an optimist

But I know that won’t happen. Something will go wrong, and I’ll fail.

  1. I’m a glass-is-half-full kind of guy, unless that glass contains urine, in which case I find it difficult to remain optimistic.
  1. As an optimist, I don’t think I have a drinking problem.

I have a drinking opportunity.

  1. Scientists have discovered a stone tablet 60,000 years old inscribed with pictographs describing the idea of “the glass half empty or half full.”

They are calling the prehistoric philosopher “optimist prime.”

  1. – What blood type do optimists usually have?

– B positive

  1. What do you get when you mix a gullible and an optimistic person?

Read it again.

  1. How do you say farewell to a very optimistic insect?

Buoyant!

  1. I’m a recovering optimist.

I’m getting worse day by day.

  1. An optimist and pessimist are arguing about philosophy.

The optimist declares, “This is the best of all possible worlds.” The pessimist sighs and says, “You’re right.”

  1. Have you ever been to an optimistic optometrist?

They’ll tell you that your glasses are half full.

  1. I was a rather optimistic child

I used to think CCTV was a very, very positive Spanish television channel

  1. In the dark alley, Johnny the Optimist was being beat up

Half to life.

  1. Soviet pessimists and optimists

Soviet pessimist say “Ilya, things couldn’t possibly get any worse”

Soviet optimist, with a big grin, says “Yes they can Sasha”

  1. A pessimist and an optimist fall off the top of a 100 story building……

The pessimist was heard screaming and cursing as he passed the 20th floor. As the optimist fell past he quietly whispered “so far, so good”!

  1. A guy gets diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and is feeling down, his doctor tells him that type 2 is less serious than type 1 and that he should stay optimistic, the patient replies “doctor, please don’t sugar-coat it for me”…

Doctor says: “sir, I’m being candyd”

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The paradox of optimism

The bias of optimism is a paradox that people generally tend to be more optimistic than they normally should be.

Although probably everyone has an equal chance of something positive or negative happening to them, we tend to believe that we will have more good things and less negative things than the others.

Is this the reason why many times when we get sick or have a negative event we tend to wonder why it is happening to us? 

Experts say that we tend to think positively even when we have faced failure in the past.

But why do we continue to think irrationally optimistic when reality shows us that we are often wrong? 

An explanation that researchers have found for this “error” is found in the brain: studies have shown that people generally have very inaccurate memories of what happened to them in the past.

When we think about the future, the brain uses the same neural structures, building a similar type of “memories of the future,” which are just as inaccurate. 

In some studies, participants described the future in a much more positive light than the pleasant events of the past they experienced.

On the other hand, if we did not have the hope and confidence that we would succeed, despite previous unpleasant experiences and regardless of the obstacles we encounter, what would motivate us to set out?

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Conclusions

In this article, we talked about the difference between optimist and pessimist.

We also collected some of the funniest differences between optimist and pessimist jokes. 

The difference between optimistic and pessimistic is that optimists focus on the full half of the glass, while pessimists rather see the empty one; it is about the different way in which everyone focuses only on those aspects that they tend to exaggerate and at the same time lose sight of the opposite ones: optimists are more attracted to positive stimuli and pessimists to negative ones. 

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FAQ about difference between optimist and pessimist joke

What is the difference between optimistic and pessimistic?

The difference between optimistic and pessimistic is that optimists focus on the full half of the glass, while pessimists rather see the empty one; it is about the different way in which everyone focuses only on those aspects that they tend to exaggerate and at the same time lose sight of the opposite ones: optimists are more attracted to positive stimuli and pessimists to negative ones. 

Can a person be optimistic and pessimistic?

Yes, a person can be both optimistic and pessimistic. In this case, we are calling them pessimistic optimists.

These people still have fears and negative thoughts about things, but they can also see the good in what happened and hope for the best. 

What kind of person is a pessimist?

A pessimist person thinks of the future in shades of black or – at best – a dark grey.

No matter what he does, negative thoughts come to his mind again and again. Moreover, the pessimist pitties himself.

Can pessimists be happy?

Yes, pessimists can be happy too.

Although they tend to see mostly the negative parts of an event, they can relax and have fun as optimists or realists do! 

References

Optimism and survival: does an optimistic outlook predict better survival at advanced ages? A twelve-year follow-up of Danish nonagenarians

Optimism, pessimism, and false failure feedback: Effects on vigilance performance

Lench, H. C., & Bench, S. W. (2012). Automatic optimism: Why people assume their futures will be bright. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6(4), 347-360. 

Wolpe, N., Wolpert, D. M., & Rowe, J. B. (2014). Seeing what you want to see: priors for one’s own actions represent exaggerated expectations of success. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8.

The difference between optimist and pessimist jokes (59+)

Nadejda Romanciuc

Nadejda Romanciuc holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a diploma in Addiction studies. She is part of the Romanian Association of Integrative Psychotherapy as a psychotherapist under supervision. She's practicing online counselling for over two years and is a strong advocate for mental health.