CNN: Is optimism really good for you?

From CNN: “Scientists tell us that scans show our brains are wired for optimism. We register positive lessons more than negative ones. And that’s partly, they say, because optimism is good for our health.

Perhaps that’s true. But science goes on, and scientists often change their minds. What is true now and always will be is that things don’t always go the way we want. People don’t always do what we would like. And life, like history, politics, the economy and the stock market, is full of surprises, including some very painful ones.

So, we can’t simply sit back and wait optimistically for everything to work out. We need to do our part to make the stories have happy endings.”

“Optimism without thoughtful and determined action can lead to disaster. It’s true for individuals, it’s true for business, and it’s true for nations. History is full of examples…”

Read more:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/09/opinion/ghitis-optimism/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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