A Little Pessimism is a Good Thing

Maybe Debbie Downer is on to something. The Wall Street Journal says occasionally having a pessimistic outlook can help you manage anxiety and stay healthy. While optimism is generally seen as being the preferred trait for health and well-being, psychologists say those with a more negative outlook tend to handle stress better, as they typically have prepared for the worst. Ideally it’s best to be generally optimistic with a slight streak of pessimism thrown in.

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal


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