Optimism and Health Article Review by SBurtis

Optimism and Health
A review of two studies on the impact of optimism on one's physical and mental health.
# 154091 | 898 words | 2 sources | 2014 | US
Published on Dec 29, 2014 in Psychology (Physiological) , Psychology (Theory) , Psychology (General)


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From the Paper:

"Negativity tears the body down booth mentally and physically. A negative attitude can decrease overall health and in the case of injury, illness, and disease negativity can either bring them on or hinder the healing process. Conversely, optimism has been shown to improve overall physical health and to contribute to improving increasing and speeding up the healing process.
"In January 2012 the Journal of Gynecologic Oncology reported the results of a study on optimism among cancer patients. This study showed that while optimism could result in positive and negative influences to physical and psychological manifestations of cancer, overall, optimism is important to improving physical health. The study concluded that oncology nurses must be capable of assessing whether optimism or pessimism is present with each patient, and that they must also assess their own beliefs and attitudes in order to encourage optimism. The study suggested that assessing the presence of optimism or pessimism would help nurses to implement innovative interventions capable of bolstering patient optimism, improving both physical and mental health (Gonzalez, 2012).
"This oncology study brings up an interesting point about optimism. Optimists expect good things to happen. One patient had a heart transplant prior to developing ovarian cancer. She told her nurse that she had expected good things to come of her transplant, and it did. Now that she had cancer, she expected the same results (Gonzalez). While this is certainly the nature of the optimistic mindset, this situation also brings to mind the question of whether individual experiences that end positively play a role in bolstering future optimism."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • References
  • Gonzalez, V. (2012). Optimism among cancer patients: the oncology nursing perspective. Journal Of Gynecologic Oncology Nursing, 22(1), 18-39.
  • Patnaik, G. (2013). IMPACT OF OPTIMISM AND POSITIVE EMOTIONS ON MENTAL HEALTH. Social Science International. 29(1), 121-127. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1349950030?accountid=458

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