20 Things Americans Do That Confuse the Rest of the World

20) Stay Fundamentally Optimistic

“Americans and Russians say different things when faced with the same situation,” one Russian website explained. “Seeing the man who has fallen in the street, an American asks, ‘Are you all right?’ Russians will inquire, ‘Are you ill?’ … Where we ‘aren’t sick,’ they ‘stay well.'” And one Japanese guide to American culture noted that “In America, you can make mistakes, fail, and it doesn’t matter. It is a fundamental feeling that to sometimes be incorrect is natural … rather than thinking about mistakes and failures, American’s [sic] have curiosity and say, ‘Let’s try anyway!'”

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