I’ve always been known as more of a pessimist, one who sees the world half empty. But I’ve never really liked the half empty / half full paradigm. What if that glass was filled with cod oil or a fiber drink? You’d be quite happy that it was half empty! Why does the world assume that the glass is full of something good???

Half Empty / Half Full mug

Half Empty / Half Full mug

Apparently my disposition is well known to my longtime friend, who I’ve known since 8th grade. For my wedding, she gave me a basket full of coffee items. (She knows what I love!) One of the items was a half empty / half full mug; it’s actually two mugs depending on which way you hold it. She observed that my husband (Mr. HalfFull) has the opposite world view from her dear old friend. So she put my name on the half empty side and his on the half full side. She knows us well!

We have this mug sitting on our window sill in the kitchen and make a game of flipping it over. When I’m last in the kitchen the mug is half empty. When Mr. HalfFull notices it, he flips it to the other side.

But did you notice how the half empty mug background is white and the other side is dark and sinister? Perhaps half empty really is the bright side (at least as far as this mug goes).

So here I am with a definite half empty world view, trying to see the world as half full sometimes and asking for you to join the discussion.

  • Do you see the world as half empty or half full?
  • Do you agree with the standard half empty vs. half full definitions?
  • Which side of the mug would you use?
Ms. HalfEmpty is a 30-something introverted realist, perhaps a pessimist. But she’s trying to see the world half full on halfempty4now.com, which she started in February 2011. Her worldview may not be all bad, as it probably helps keep her husband, Mr. HalfFull, grounded and out of trouble!