Optimism is Good for Your Health

In a New York Times piece on personal health, the columnist Jane E. Brody does a good job of explaining some of the differences in health outcomes between those who are optimistic in their thoughts and those who are pessimistic. Plot spoiler: Thinking positive thoughts is good for you. One of my favorite quotes from the article is this:

“Our thinking is habitual, not conscious, so the first step is to learn to catch yourself when thinking negatively and make a commitment to change how you look at things,” he advised. “Recognize that the way you’re thinking is not necessarily the only way to think about a situation. Just that thought alone can decrease the toxic effect of negativity. Step two is to substitute a better thought that is credible.”

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