Optimism is inherent in human nature

A study made by scientists from the USA and Australia has shown that people tend to see positive aspects in everything. Experts studied 100,000 of the most popular words in the ten most common languages ​​of the world – English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Indonesian, Chinese, Korean and Russian. They searched for words in newspapers, books, films and the Internet (for example, on Twitter), writes The Daily Mail.

The researchers wanted to find out which words prevail in languages ​​- “happy” or “sad”. To do this, they asked native speakers to rate words on a scale from 1 to 9.

Using mathematical analysis, scientists found that regardless of culture, people use positive words much more often than words which have negative connotations.

Minor differences between languages ​​did exist. The most “joyous” languages ​​were Spanish and Portuguese, and the most “sad” – Chinese, Korean and Russian.

The study supports the hypothesis that all people are subconsciously prone to optimism.

In psychology, this phenomenon is called the “Polianna principle.” Previous research has shown that people often expect too much from life.

For example, about 50% of marriages end in divorce. However, even after a string of unsuccessful marriages, many are willing to try again.

That is, people generally think they will be more successful and live longer than others, and underestimate the risk of cancer.

Source: http://meddaily.ru/article/11feb2015/optimizm_slova