How do you know if you are an optimist? What is optimism anyway? Optimism is part of positive psychology and is defined as the cognitive disposition to expect favourable outcomes. In other words, optimists are people who expect good things to happen to them. According to a study of 2006 on dating couples assessed at multiple time points over a 1-year period, being optimistic has great consequences on romantic relationships. I hear you think: but how does this work, how does this manifest itself? According to this study, being optimistic leads to longer and more satisfying relationships, mainly because of better conflict resolutions. Dealing with problems mediates a huge amount of the relationship between optimism and relationship quality. Moreover, optimists have better relationship outcomes because they perceive their partners as more supportive. Overall, being optimistic can have a huge impact on the way you and your partner perceive your relationship. Apart from greater relationship satisfaction, optimism can have an impact on different aspects of life as well. Have you become curious about the causes and consequences of optimism or do you want to know more about positive psychology in general, please contact us.
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