Study says even optimists are pessimistic about the future, so 2017 should be fun

If you’re normally a cheerful human being and feel super down these days, you aren’t alone. According to science, even optimists are feeling negative about 2017, given that 2016 was just attack after attack on all your positive good vibes. Just think: if optimists are feeling low, imagine how pessimists are feeling. NOT good at all.

It goes against all logic, even for the researchers who conducted the study. Psychology professor Kate Sweeny and graduate student Angelica Falkenstein (both from the University of California, Riverside) began their research on the hypothesis that optimists, or “happy go lucky” people, would have less anxiety about impending doom. Sweeny told University of California Today, “Although this tendency to brace oneself for potentially bad news is common, intuition might suggest that some people are more likely to brace than others — in particular, happy-go-lucky optimists would seem immune to the anxiety and second-guessing that typically arise as the decisive moment draws near.”

Sweeny explained, “Counter to intuition, optimists were not immune to feeling a rise in pessimism at the moment of truth. In fact, not a single study showed a difference between optimists and pessimists in their tendency to brace for the worst.” So, having a “good” attitude doesn’t make anticipating 2017 any easier.

Basically, 2016 has ruined all of us and our coping mechanisms. It’s every person for themselves.

Sweeny and her team did nine different studies with undergrads in a controlled lab setting. Those studies included having them wait for their midterm grades or wait for a peer review about their attractiveness (psychology majors are obviously cruel). They assessed participants’ disposition and then monitored their response to waiting for what could have been bad news. Everyone had elevated anxiety, despite their demeanor going into each experiment.

This isn’t exactly a bad thing. The more we brace ourselves for the worst — like assuming you have a disease when you’re still waiting for test results — the less likely we are to be disappointed or caught off guard.

Gloom is good. Especially when there is nothing to be excited about. Like right now, you should wear your gloom like a cozy blanket leading up to inauguration and afterwards. That way, if Steve Bannon doesn’t start putting Muslim names on a long “naughty” list and Trump doesn’t start a nuclear war with whoever makes fun of his hair, it’ll be a pleasant surprise. Like when someone brings you a bagel for breakfast out of the blue and it’s your favorite kind. (This has never happened to me, I’m just assuming it’s awesome.)

Then, if Trump does trash everything, you can be RIGHT, which is the best feeling of all. So, don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself thinking negative thoughts. Everyone else is doing the same thing. Everything is terrible.