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Breaking Murphy's Law How Optimists Get What They Want from Life - and Pessimists Can Too

ISBN-10: 1593855923
ISBN-13: 9781593855925
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Description: Pollyannas take heart, pessimists take note: Recent studies on achievement and well-being show that optimistic behavior contributes to better physical health, greater resilience in the face of life's twists and turns, and more satisfying  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Publication date: 9/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

Pollyannas take heart, pessimists take note: Recent studies on achievement and well-being show that optimistic behavior contributes to better physical health, greater resilience in the face of life's twists and turns, and more satisfying relationships. As psychologist Suzanne Segerstrom reveals, optimists lay groundwork for the success they envision. While the rest of us worry whether our goals are attainable, those who practice optimism try to achieve theirs. Breaking Murphy's Law shows you simple ways to develop the skills that natural-born optimists use to get what they want from life. Dr. Segerstrom helps you break free from the inertia of cynicism and self-doubt and encourages you to engage the world around you. "Doing optimism"-by getting involved, working hard, and enjoying your achievements-establishes a positive feedback loop that's both personally transformative and self-perpetuating. This practical book imparts the lesson with a mix of humor and intelligence that will convince even the most hardened cynics that Murphy got it wrong. Book jacket.

Suzanne C. Segerstrom, PhD,is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She has conducted extensive research on the relationship between optimism and well-being. Dr. Segerstrom's work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Norman Cousins Program, and the Dana Foundation. She is also a winner of the prestigious Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, awarded in recognition of her work on optimism. She lives near Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and their dogs.

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Stop Trying to Be So Happy
Glass Half Full, Gloss Half Empty, or Glass That Needs to Be Washed?: The Optimistic Character
The Persistence Instinct: Optimists and Their Goals
Building (and Rebuilding) for the Future: Optimists and Their Resources
So Happy Together: Optimists and Their Relationships
Mixed Blessing: Optimists and Their Health
Everything Good, Especially the Bad: Optimists and Their Vulnerabilities
Is an Optimist Born or Made?: The Optimistic Character Revisited
Doing Optimism: Optimists, Pessimists, and Their Potential for Change
Epilogue: Confessions of a Reluctant Optimist
Notes
Index
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