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Running head: OPTIMIZING HEATH 1 Optimizing Heath Amber Rouse Psy/125 Feburary 14, 2011 TRICIA HENDERSON
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OPTIMIZING HEATH 2 Those who are optimistic “anticipate the best possible outcome (Merriam- Webster, 2009).” Optimistic people have a unique approach to their life and its circumstances. Studies have been done to see if optimism results in improved psychological wellbeing and improved health. It is said that optimists see a glass as half-full rather than seeing it as half-empty. An optimist will always look for the positive in any situation. They are willing to find something good about circumstances that others may shy away from. I will consider here some ways in which optimism can improve psychological and physical health and wellbeing. Do Dispositional Pessimism and Optimism Predict Ambulatory Blood Pressure During Schooldays and Nights in Adolescents ? is the first article. The relationship between high pessimism versus low optimism and physical health are examined here. This article shows that low optimism and high pessimism are equally strongly and go with anxiety, anger, and depression, but high optimism predicted better self-rated physical health and less doctor visits, whereas high pessimism predicted more frequent self-reports of gastrointestinal problems and aches.” The relationship was examined in
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