Today, neuroscience tells us that some of us are hard-wired for optimism
, and that it can have dangerous outcomes.
Over the course of more than 20 years, Seligman studied how optimism
enhances the quality of life and success in nearly every profession, including athletes, insurance salesmen and politicians.
Individuals with the highest levels of optimism
have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts," said lead author Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, Science Daily reported.
increased 8 percentage points from August's 10-month low of 39%, and also is 8 points higher than optimism
a year ago (39%).
Specifically, the survey, which tracks the thinking and actions of more than 100 CFOs from very large North American companies, recorded only a small decrease in the proportion of CFOs expressing improved optimism
relative to the prior quarter.
was slightly lower among retail and distribution businesses at 79%, which also showed a big drop in growth expectations - while 71% said they were optimistic of growth last year, that now sits at just 58%.
Stated simply, optimism
bias is a physiologically driven condition that most all humans exhibit.
After ranking nations in a scale of optimism
, the countries with the five highest mean expectations for the future were Ireland, Brazil, Denmark, New Zealand, and the United States.
8220;The results of two separate experiments suggest a trend for participants primed for optimism
to persist longer on the anagram-solving task,” Bonfiglio said.
The first point refers to the fact whether optimism
and pessimism are two separate poles of a single construct or whether optimism
and pessimism are states that can live together in the same people.
A survey of 600 senior management accountants from around the world has found only a small increase in optimism
for the global economy over the next 12 months.
BIAS: A TOUR OF THE IRRATIONALLY POSITIVE BRAIN comes from a prominent neuroscientist who investigates the bias towards optimism
and how the brain generates hope.
Summary: Oil prices rose more than 2 percent Tuesday on optimism
that Greece can pass an unpopular austerity program as Europe fashions a solution to Athens' debt woes and also on lift from a weak dollar.
A group of 6,044 adults, age 50 and older, rated their optimism
levels on a 16-point scale.
This level of optimism
ties for the highest since Gallup Daily tracking began in January 2008.