The Effect of an Optimistic Attitude on a Person’s Health

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We all live in the world, which is full of sadness and disappointing. We see people dying, poverty, unemployment, etc. However, there are a lot of positive things in the world: children, who are born every day, people, who get new life opportunities, happy marriages, etc. The greatest gift is to see the positive sides of life, without concentrating our attention on negative. According to Winston Churchill, a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. In my opinion, it is really true, because the positive or negative attitude towards life can highly influence our chances to success, feelings and even health. Positive thinking can be the best treatment for those, who don’t know what to do, in a problematic life situation. Optimistic attitude can help the person to live longer, recover faster from the mortal diseases like cancer and coronary heart disease, and avoid alcoholism and psychological problems(like depression). Optimistic attitude is a great way to feel better, even during bad times. The interesting question is, whether it can help the optimistic person to live the happy time longer, than his / her pessimistic colleague. The scientists (Maruta, Colligan, Malinchoc, and Offord (2000)) studied this question. They made an experiment: using the data gathered in the mid-1960, they divided the patients in three main groups. The first group was the optimistic, second – mixed, and the last pessimistic. The results were quite unambiguous: for every ten points increase in person’s score on their optimism scale, the risk of early death decreased by nineteen percents. It is a very good result, because, as we can see, the level of optimism is making the life of the peop... ... middle of paper ... ... Psychology: The Benefits of Living Positively. Psych Central. Retrieved from Maruta, T., Colligan, R. C., Malinchoc, M., & Offord, K. P. (2000). Optimists vs. pessimists: Survival rate among medical patients over a 30-year period. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 75, 140–143. Ohannessian, C. M., Hesselbrock, V. M., Tennen, H., & Affleck, G. (1993). Hassles and uplifts and generalized outcome expectancies as moderators on the relation between a family history of alcoholism and drinking behaviors. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 55, 754-763. Schou, I., Ekeberg, O., & Ruland, C. M. (2005). The mediating role of appraisal and coping in the relationship between optimism-pessimism and quality of life. Psycho-oncology, 14, 718-727. Wong, S. (2009). Always look on the bright side of life ... Notes & Theories. Retrieved from:

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