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Opinion | Jennifer Graham

The power of pessimism

Researchers agree: There’s nothing a bad attitude can’t fix

If you’re expecting the Sox to tank, the T to derail, and a foot of snow to fall on Patriots Day, take heart. It’s the Pessimist Spring.

Just out: former Indiana Coach Bob Knight’s ode to gloom, “The Power of Negative Thinking,” and a new study by the American Psychological Association that says pessimists live longer than optimists. This is welcome news for everyone who thinks the pursuit of happiness has become greatly overrated, and that nothing’s wrong with America that a bad attitude can’t fix.

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