Do you know how I answer this question?
What is the trend?
That is probably the most important indicator of how are things going.
“Is the glass half empty or half full?” is a common expression, a proverbial phrase, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual’s worldview. – Wikipedia
I personally think, that if the question is asked just as it is, the result (answer) would reflect mostly the current mood, view of the person. But this current mood is affected by the past, the present and the expectations for the future. And if we ask the person enough often the same question in different points in time, we would see a correlation of his answer and his life situation and emotions. If we lay down this points in time, we may have a chart like that.
Where am I going with that?
I speculate that we could better understand our situation or the situation that we are trying to value, asking the simple question “What is the trend?”.
Being optimist in any given situation is both stupid and dangerous as well as being a pessimist, but valuing a wider timeframe we could actually think about “Am I doing better or worse.” and should I change or do something about it.
Just like on the stock market, trying to see the bigger picture could often help us value more realistically the current situation and what action we should take. But don’t forget that there is no crystal ball for predicting the future and in life, most of that how we feel depends on us.