New Quiz: How Optimistic Are You?

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Are you optimistic enough? Take my latest quiz to find out.

Did you grow up taking quizzes in magazines? I did on occasion… magazines were a bit of a luxury in my house. Whenever I could get my hands on a magazine – at the doctor’s office, the library, a friend’s house, etc – I flipped through it quickly to see if I could find a quiz. I would be quite surprised if many of you didn’t do the exact same thing. I assume that many of us have loved quizzes and pop psychology for a long time 🙂

These days quizzes in magazines can be quite fancy, but when I was growing up they had a basic format that they rarely deviated from. Magazine quizzes were basic – ten questions and three outcomes. They tended to address a simple life issue, and there was usually a result at each extreme and one in the middle which was the “best” result. The questions tended to revolve around life scenarios… “what would you do?” and “how would you react?” type questions. A lot of magazines used this type of quiz, but the ones I remember most were Teen, Seventeen, Sassy, and of course, Cosmopolitan.

If you look at some of the early Blogthings quizzes, many of them are in this early “magazine” style. As I learned more about programming and writing, my quizzes got more complicated and varied. However, the magazine style of writing quizzes still has a place in my heart, and I thought it would be fun to write one in that way for nostalgia’s sake. So I present How Optimistic Are You?, an old fashioned women’s magazine style quiz – but updated for a more diverse and modern audience 🙂 Let me know what you get on this one!

  1. What do you get on How Optimistic Are You? Is it true for you?
  2. Do you think there is such a thing as being too optimistic? Why or why not?
  3. Did you take magazines in quizzes when you were growing up? Which magazines?
  4. What things in your life do you tend to be optimistic about?
  5. What things in your life do you tend to be pessimistic about?
  6. Take Are You An Optimist or Pessimist? What do you think of your result?

What do you think?

9 thoughts on “New Quiz: How Optimistic Are You?

  1. The Lava Monster

    1.What do you get on How Optimistic Are You? Is it true for you?
    Perfectly Positive! Yup!

    2.Do you think there is such a thing as being too optimistic? Why or why not?
    Nope! Did you know that Quantum Physics says that observations of the future changes the outcome? So, if you’re positive, things are more likely to be positive. Besides, you’ll be happier.

    3.Did you take magazines in quizzes when you were growing up? Which magazines?
    Yeah. I took a lot of them. It’s hard to define a single one.

    4.What things in your life do you tend to be optimistic about?
    I try to be positive all the time.

    5.What things in your life do you tend to be pessimistic about?
    When it happens, I try to snap myself out of it.

    6.Take Are You An Optimist or Pessimist? What do you think of your result?
    Optimist. I’m happy with my result.

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  2. Melissa Russell

    1. Generally Good-Natured. You do what you can to lift your spirits when times are tough. You solve your problems whenever you can. You aren’t overly optimistic or pessimistic. Yes.
    2. I don’t see any benefit in blind or excessive optimism.
    3. Of course I did. Any and all that I found. Even My aunts Cosmo mag quizzes. Lol.
    4. My optimism isn’t definite. I have to decide to be. I just decide that everything will be OK and everything has a value and a purpose.
    5. I tend to believe what has already been proven true and that its unlikely to change without a strong catalyst. In other words, I believe in entropy and that things don’t usually tend to get better just because.
    6. You Are a Realist. Yes. But I know that perspective still has everything to do with what “reality” actually is.

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  3. Josh

    1. You Are Generally Good-Natured
    2. yes, life isn’t really fair
    3. Don’t think so
    4. My lack of motivation and social anxiety
    5. You Are a Realist

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  4. Heather Moritz

    1. You Are Generally Good-Natured. Pretty true
    2. Ehh..I’m one of those people that always tries to be optimistic, even if something doesn’t seem likely. I just always want hope. Plus life is better when you’re optimistic..you’re happier!
    3. Yes haha, I loved them. Probably those teen ones when I was younger..
    4. I try to be optimistic about most things
    5. Winter haha, trying to lose weight..
    6. You Are a Realist. It’s hard not sabotaging things lol

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  5. kari Post author

    What do you get on How Optimistic Are You? Is it true for you?

    Generally good natured. Seems about right 🙂

    Do you think there is such a thing as being too optimistic? Why or why not?

    I think so. Most people could stand to be more optimistic, but I definitely have an issue with careless folks who believe “everything will work out”!

    Did you take magazines in quizzes when you were growing up? Which magazines?

    See above 🙂

    What things in your life do you tend to be optimistic about?

    Most personal relationships.

    What things in your life do you tend to be pessimistic about?

    My health. I’m a bit of a hypochondriac. Maybe finances too, due to economic stuff over the past few years.

    Take Are You An Optimist or Pessimist? What do you think of your result?

    Realist – very true!

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