Stanford University scientists found for instance that feelings of awe can make you a nicer person - less materialistic, more helpful to others (Psychological Science journal).
Self-belief helps people handle abuse better (Study on football referees by Northumbria University psychology department).
This ties in with optimism being an advantage in life, not only for the individual self but society itself (communion and community).
I seem to a remember another study saying it led to a longer life span but I'd need to search through my cuttings to find that, providing I made a note of it: By the way, for optimism also read extroversion.
Awe comes from the new, the unseen revealed. For me that translates as life is magic and death for the soul is disillusionment. From this it could be inferred that pessimism is bad for you - after all an optimist isn't going to kill himself but a depressed pessimist is (Suicide bombers, according to a recent British study were already suicidal before deciding to dedicate theirs deaths to a cause).
For my take on this please visit my Facebook page, under Accumulation / Discharge Cycle as an explanation / diagrammatic form (www.facebook.com/tony.sandy.7/photos_albums)
Oh by the way, I view pessimists as predators (hope assassins) or free radicals in the body, preying on the efforts of others, rather than making any of their own.
Edited by paigetheoracle, 11 April 2013 - 05:57 AM.