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During the recent Olympic Games in London an unparalleled mood of optimism and hope swept across the UK. Even people who don't love sports couldn't help being drawn into the anticipation and excitement, sharing the heroism of the medal winners and the heart-break of those who missed out, whether by a millimetre or a mile. Who could not be impressed by the sight of beaming Mo Farah winning gold in the 10,000m, the inimitable Usain Bolt and the Jamaican sprint team in the 100m, 200m and men's 400m relay, or the magnificent, multi-talented Jessica Ennis in the women's heptathlon? With so many breath-taking moments and new Olympic and world records set, only the most hard-hearted and care-worn weren't moved.

 

The Power of Optimism

 

We now know a great deal more about the power of optimism and hope through positive psychology research. Contrary to what you might expect, optimists make continued efforts to reach their goals whereas pessimists are more likely to give up when the going gets tough. Hope and optimism predict many desirable outcomes including academic achievement, good relationships, physical well-being, and freedom from depression and anxiety. In fact positive psychologist Chris Peterson refers to them as "velcro constructs" because they have so many positive correlates and consequences.


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