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The advantages of optimism

Research supports the theory that being optimistic has many benefits, and that being pessimistic has many costs, on a persons overall quality of life.

 The benefits of being optimistic include: 

  • Better health
  • Longer life
  • A happier life
  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Successful careers
  • Better educational qualifications
  • Better relationships
  • Better at problem-solving
  • More resilient in the face of adversity
  • Cope better with failure

The costs of being pessimistic include:

  • Depression
  • Dying younger
  • Inertia in the face of adversity
  • Having a lower immune system
  • Suffering increased ill-health, both physical and mental
  • Not performing well at work
  • Failure when faced with crucial situations
  • Poorer relationships
  • Even when things turn out badly, pessimists don?t feel good about making the right prediction

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