Among people whose facial expressions are accurately telltale, there are two expressions you often see in an audience, right before a show is about to begin.

The first expression is of anticipated delight. They’re ready to be entertained. They’re pleasantly poised to enjoy what they’re about to witness.

The second expression — you guessed it — is that of anticipated disappointment. Even before the lights go up, they’re expecting a dud.

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It makes me think of how we approach various situations in life, and how our default attitude — our positive or negative anticipation — can color our experiences. If you’re looking to be disappointed, you can probably make that happen. And if you’re hoping to be delighted, you’ll probably find something delightful.

It doesn’t start with the experience; it starts with you.