The metaphor of the half full cup has often been associated with optimism, if you are an optimist you would see the cup as half full, on the other hand if you are a pessimist you would see the cup as half empty. When people try to give you hope they say “hey look at the bright side!” or “view the cup as half full”. this cup analogy has occupied peoples minds and changed how people perceive a problem. But is looking at the half full cup really a characteristic of an optimistic person?
The ‘cup’ has always made me cringe especially that it is my family’s favourite response when you complain about something bad happening to you. I never quite got it, I look at the cup I see it all, I am not focusing at the empty part out of greed or depression I am looking at the empty part because the reason it is half empty is because it spilled on the floor and I have to clean that mess up, I cannot look at it right after it spilled and say “oh yay I still have half”. Maybe after I clean up I can look at the cup and appreciate that I still have that half and cherish it.
So no, looking at the full half of the cup does not make you optimistic it makes you ignorant and unrealistic that you actually have a problem and you are neglecting it. It also makes you ignorant if you dwell on what you lost and ignore what you actually have. The healthy way to approach a problems is to clean the mess up and appreciate that it was not a bigger spill and cherish what you have left.