A rosy outlook for optimism

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Newsweek magazine reports on how science is proving the health benefits of maintaining a positive outlook on life…

A recent Newsweek article (“This Is Your Brain On Optimism“) reports on recent evidence that an optimistic outlook can benefit more than just your stress level. Here’s an excerpt:

Optimism may be so necessary to our survival that it’s hardwired in our brains. A new study published in the journal Nature further confirms the idea that having a rosy outlook is a personality trait with deep, neurological roots. Researchers found that the brains of optimistic people actually light up differently on a scan than those who tend to be more pessimistic when they think about future events.

Not surprisingly, research shows that optimism is healthy in more ways than one!

If you’re still not convinced, another Newsweek article (by the same journalist Sara Kliff) reports that loneliness and social isolation are linked to heart disease and weakened immune systems. See “Why Lonely People Get Sick More Often.”


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