PSY 220 Week 8 Assignment

PSY 220 Week 8 Assignment - Optimism and Health Paper Amber...

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Optimism and Health Paper Amber Thacker PSY/220 June 26, 2011 Barbara Newman
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Optimism and Health Paper Article 1: Dispositional optimism and health behavior in community-dwelling older people: Associations with healthy ageing To support the pre-existing belief that a healthy lifestyle and positive expectations (optimism) are associated with longevity, a study was done by the University College of London, UK that was going to establish the accuracy of the belief that realistic optimism is associated with aging. A sample of 128 men and women between the ages of 65 to 80 was taken that was going to measure the influence of realistic optimism and whether or not it played a significant role in the outcome of physiological health. The patients participating in this test were similar both in socio-demographics and clinical conditions. The research came to the conclusion, through different types of tests, that realistic optimism was associated with not smoking, greater physical activity and less alcohol consumption. In the end, the study’s conclusion supported the belief that being optimistic would help to maintain a healthier life style that could prolong a person’s life. Article 2: Academic optimistic bias: Implications for college student performance and well-being A study among college students concluded that too much of a good thing can be
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