How many times have we been told that it is essential to have an optimistic attitude? Well, guess what, folks: If you read the latest issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (assuming your subscription is paid up), you'll find a study conducted by three professors who conclude that a perennially positive outlook might just be overrated. As one of them told The Washington Post: "As a rule, you'll get the advice that it's better to be optimistic. But the truth is that it makes no difference." In fact, according to co-author Don Moore, "Sometimes, it's even worse."
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