Robert Biswas-Diener

Instructor in Psychology, Portland State University

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Co-author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth; life coach, leading workshops on intentional happiness and finding happiness after college; Instructor in Psychology at Portland State University

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Since the 19th Century, it's been an article of American faith that positive thinking leads to health and prosperity.

The Negative Impact of Positive Thinking

Since the 19th Century, it's been an article of American faith that positive thinking leads to health and prosperity.

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Since the 19th Century, it's been an article of American faith that positive thinking can lead to better health, prosperity and success.

The Negative Impact of Positive Thinking

Since the 19th Century, it's been an article of American faith that positive thinking can lead to better health, prosperity and success.

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