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Optimism and Health Paper 1 Optimism, How it Effects your Life By: Selina Appel PSY/220 Autumn Harrell February 14, 2010
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Optimism and Health Paper 2 Is being optimistic better for your health? Researchers say yes. Researchers have determined that people with optimism tend to have a more relatively positive outlook on life. Some research has been proven that having optimism can improve, help, and cope with disease and recover from surgery faster than those without. Researchers also say that optimism can help the longevity of a person, and keep them healthier. Measuring Optimism Scientist have investigated and researched optimism, they have developed reliable ways to measure this trait in individuals by using two system methods, one measures dispositional optimism, and the other measures explanatory style. From what I understand, dispositional optimism relies on positive expectations of a person’s future, not in just one area of life but in many areas. Many scientists and researchers, when studying or evaluating those with dispositional optimism use the twelve item Life Orientation Test for measuring. Explanatory style is how a person perceives good or bad news. If a person is a pessimist they tend to blame themselves for bad news, they assume that it will last forever and affects
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