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Beating the Odds

Why Optimists Prosper

Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Now this sentence is more than just a motivational phrase. It turns out that optimists do more than think about the future in a certain way. They actually do something about it.

“We know why optimists do better than pessimists,” says psychologist Michael F. Scheier, who produced a 1985 study on optimism. “Optimists are not simply being Pollyannas; they’re problem solvers who try to improve the situation.”

Scheier also says that optimists are less likely to engage in destructive actions like smoking.

Here’s the article.

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