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1 Optimism and Health Optimism and Health Robin C. Hieronymus PSY 220 7/30/2010 William Goodwin
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2 Optimism and Health Optimism and Health The affects of optimism on psychological and physical health. Optimism is the tendency to look on the brighter side of things or to expect and see the best in all things. Optimism can be linked to health as stress can cause damage to a person inside and out. Thinking positively will help you be happier, healthier and things will most likely turn out better for you as well. There are two independent types of optimism: dispositional optimism, which is similar to other personality traits, and explanatory optimism, which affects an individual's interpretation of success and failure. Individuals with high scores on optimism have better health outcomes, and when they are confronted with life-threatening illnesses, they will cope with it in a better, healthier way. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C.B.T.) offers one potential intervention that may or may not increase a person's level of optimism with a corresponding increase in health. People who learn to maintain an optimistic attitude may not only avoid depression, they may actually improve their physical health, according to a controlled study by the University of Pennsylvania's Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and Gregory Buchanan, Ph.D (Discovery Communications, LLC., 2010). I know I have a lot of depression and a personality disorder as well, but I am definitely a pessimist, but would love to become more optimistic so that I can become happier, healthier and maintain a better life for me and my children.
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3 Optimism and Health People who have an optimistic view tend to engage themselves in health-promoting actions such as: not smoking, not drinking alcohol, and watching their diet, using sunscreen, taking vitamins, exercising, and other healthy choices in ones daily life. People who are
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This note was uploaded on 08/06/2010 for the course PSYCHOLOGY PSY 220 taught by Professor Williamgoodwin during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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