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Study shows humans are optimists for most of life

From the July 13, 2020 Michigan State University news release

“We found that optimism continued to increase throughout young adulthood, seemed to steadily plateau and then decline into older adulthood,” said William Chopik, MSU assistant professor of psychology and lead author. “Even people with fairly bad circumstances, who have had tough things happen in their lives, look to their futures and life ahead and felt optimistic.”

The study included people from ages 16-101. They found that optimism increased from ages 15-60 regardless of good or bad circumstances. Resiliency results from people feeling more in control of their lives as they achieve goals and have successes.

July 16, 2020 - Posted by | Psychology | ,

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