Optimism in close relationships: How seeing things in a positive light makes them so.

  title={Optimism in close relationships: How seeing things in a positive light makes them so.},
  author={Sanjay Srivastava and Kelly M. McGonigal and J. McDowell Richards and Emily Butler and James Jonathan Gross},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={91 1},
Does expecting positive outcomes--especially in important life domains such as relationships--make these positive outcomes more likely? In a longitudinal study of dating couples, the authors tested whether optimists (who have a cognitive disposition to expect positive outcomes) and their romantic partners are more satisfied in their relationships, and if so, whether this is due to optimists perceiving greater support from their partners. In cross-sectional analyses, both optimists and their… 

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