Positive Thinking May Improve Your Emotional Health, Study Finds
(Link): Positive Thinking May Improve Your Emotional Health, Study Finds
March 8, 2022
By Julia Musto
Being optimistic may help to improve a person’s emotional well-being, according to researchers.
A study from the Boston University School of Medicine published Monday in the Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences followed 233 older men from the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study over an eight-year period.
The participants first completed an optimism questionnaire and reported daily stressors and positive and negative moods on eight consecutive evenings up to three times over an eight-year span from 2002 to 2010.
Those who were more optimistic were less likely to report negative moods, and optimism was unrelated to emotional reactivity to or recovery from daily stressors.
The optimistic men reported lower negative moods and more positive moods, in addition to fewer stressors.
“Findings from a sample of older men suggest that optimism may be associated with more favorable emotional well-being in later life through differences in stressor exposure rather than emotional stress response,” the authors wrote. “Optimism may preserve emotional well-being among older adults by engaging emotion regulation strategies that occur relatively early in the emotion-generative process.”
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