Optimism

Suzanne C. Segerstrom, Charles S Carver, Michael F. Scheier

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Abstract

Optimism and pessimism - generalized expectancies that the future will be positive or negative - cause broad and diverse differences between people in subjective well-being and how they achieve it. People who are more optimistic cope with adversities by addressing rather than avoiding them and their feelings about them; they engage with and accomplish goals to a greater degree; and they are more likely to attend to and pre-emptively address threats to their well-being. They also have better physical health, which can both result from and contribute to well-being. Although optimism may have drawbacks, these seem to be limited in scope and do not outweigh the advantages of being optimistic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Happy Mind
Subtitle of host publicationCognitive Contributions to Well-Being
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages195-212
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783319587639
ISBN (Print)9783319587615
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 28 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Segerstrom, S. C., Carver, C. S., & Scheier, M. F. (2017). Optimism. In The Happy Mind: Cognitive Contributions to Well-Being (pp. 195-212). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58763-9_11