Happy and Healthy Research Paper by hicaliber

Happy and Healthy
This paper explores the beneficial effects of optimism vs. the potential negative effects of pessimism on one's health.
# 93557 | 1,889 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Mar 21, 2007 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Psychology (Physiological)

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The paper discusses how contemporary theorists are increasingly concerned with the potential health benefits of optimism and the potential consequences pessimistic behavior may have on an individual's long-term health and well-being. The paper examines a study by M. Kivimaki that shows how an optimistic attitude may help individuals cope with dramatic life events, including chronic illness or death among close family. The study proves that disposition may play a key role in one's health and recovery after a major and even minor illness. Further, the paper points out that the results of this study imply that attitude adjustments may significantly impact one's health and well-being in the long term.

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Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chang, E.C. (1996). "Cultural differences in optimism, pessimism and coping: Predictors of subsequent adjustment in Asian American and Caucasian American college students." Journal of Counseling Psychology, 43(1): 113-123.
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  • Kivimaki, M., Vahtera, J., Elovainio, M., Helenius, H., Singh-Manoux, A. & Pentii, J. (2005). "Optimism and Pessimism as Predictors of Change in Health After Death or Onset of Severe Illness in Family." Healthy Psychology, 24(4): 413-21. 24, March 2006: http://www.apa.org/journals/releases/hea244413.pdf
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  • Norem, J.K. (2001). The positive power of negative thinking: Using defensive pessimism to manage anxiety and perform at your peak. Cambridge: Basic Books.

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