Turning Negative Thinkers Into Positive Ones

In the New York Times several days ago, Jane Brody wrote an essay about the work of Barbara Fredrickson, a psychologist at the University of North Carolina, has done on fostering positive emotions, in particular her theory that accumulating “micro-moments of positivity,” can, over time, result in greater overall well-being. I agree with this philosophy. In particular, I suggest to my patients that they spend time in nature. Singing, … Continue reading Turning Negative Thinkers Into Positive Ones

Positive Emotions may extend life

New research is demonstrating that people can learn skills that help them experience more positive emotions when faced with the severe stress of a life-threatening illness. Judith T. Moskowitz, a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, developed a set of eight skills to help foster positive emotions. In earlier research at the University of California, San Francisco, … Continue reading Positive Emotions may extend life

How the power of positive thinking works

Having an optimistic outlook on life — a general expectation that good things will happen — may help people live longer, according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study found that women who were optimistic had a significantly reduced risk of dying from several major causes of death — including cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection — … Continue reading How the power of positive thinking works