Science: Pessimism Is Good For Your Health
Via the Wall Street Journal:
I like it. From now on I'll not only consider the glass "half empty," but add that "whatever's in the glass is probably of no use to me anyway."
Listen up Pollyannas of the world: A dose of pessimism may do you good.
Experts say pessimism can at times be beneficial to a person’s physical and mental well-being. Some studies have found that having a more negative outlook of the future may result in a longer and healthier life. Pessimism and optimism are opposite ends of a spectrum of personality traits, and people generally fall somewhere in between.
“All too often in the literature and in the public conversation, we want people to be more than 90% optimistic,” said Dilip Jeste, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of California San Diego. “That’s not good. It is much better to have a balanced perspective and have some pessimistic streak in your personality in order to succeed.”. . .
- Greg Pollowitz