Outlook: gloomy

Are you an optimistic person always looking on the bright side? Not likely, says Jacob Burak.  But there is a bright side to the fact that we are wired to be gloomy: “In fact, studies show that depressed people may be sadder, but they are also wiser … . This ‘depressive realism’ gives the forlorn a more accurate perception of reality, especially in terms of their own place in the world and their ability to influence events.”

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