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Study: For Long-Term Well-Being, Turn to Power of Realistic Thinking

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Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin suggests realistic thinking is a more effective strategy than forced positive thinking for obtainment of long-term happiness.In a new study, researchers from the University of Bath and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) studied people’s financial expectations in life and compared them to actual outcomes over an 18-year period.They found that when it comes to the happiness stakes, overestimating outcomes was associated with lower well-being than setting realistic expectations.The findings point to the benefits of making decisions based on accurate, unbiased assessments.The study results question the “power of positive thinking.” This strategy frames optimism as a self-fulfilling.

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