Optimism can make you happy, say scientists

New research claims that being optimistic can make you a happier person.

The data, collected by scientists at the University of Michigan, claims that those who have more positive thoughts will be more confident in achieving future happiness.

Results also showed that even if optimists worry, they are more likely to succeed through this. This is due to the fact that optimists don't really expect bad times ahead, so dismiss negative images.

Talking about the study, Ed O'Brien, a scientist who worked on the study, told dailymail.co.uk: "People seem to 'explain away' the presence of bad possibilities, thinking that they won't really occur."

He added: "I've always been fascinated by the changeability of people's perceptions of happiness."

However, it seems like much of the nation has a problem with achieving this optimistic attitude, with mentalhealth.org.uk reporting that 25 per cent of adults in the UK suffer with a mental health problem, such as depression over the course of a year.

Those who are suffering from depression may experience prolonged bouts of sadness, combined with a lack of energy and anxiety. Sufferers may want to consider self-help books to boost positive thinking, along with anti-depressants or even a counselling course.

The research, which was published in the journal of Psychological Science, involved five studies where participants were asked to answer questions relating to past and possible future experiences as well as perceptions of well-being.