Latest Optimism Stories

2011-01-12 10:20:00

An Australian study of over 5,600 teens finds that those with a bright outlook on their lives and the world they live in suffer fewer depression symptoms than their pessimistic counterparts. Published in the journal Pediatrics, Dr. George C. Patton of the University of Melbourne and Royal Children's Hospital in Australia and his colleagues followed 5,634 Australian students who were between the ages of 12 and 14 at the outset. Whether their optimism deserves the credit is not clear. The...

2011-01-04 13:46:59

In the first combat-zone study of its kind, a research team led by Michigan State University found that soldiers with a positive outlook in the most traumatic situations were less likely to suffer health problems such as anxiety and depression. The study, which surveyed Army troops fighting in Iraq, could have implications for police officers, firefighters and others who regularly deal with traumatic events such as death. Training these first-responders to think in less catastrophic terms...

2009-08-12 07:40:34

Don't worry! Be happy! Optimistic women have a lower risk of developing heart disease or dying from any cause compared to pessimistic women, according to new research. Researchers also reported women with a high degree of cynical hostility "” harboring hostile thoughts toward others or having a general mistrust of people "” were at higher risk of dying, though their risk of developing heart disease was not altered. "As a physician, I'd like to see people try to reduce their...

2009-05-24 15:25:00

Despite calamities from economic recessions, wars and famine to a flu epidemic afflicting the Earth, a new study from the University of Kansas and Gallup indicates that humans are by nature optimistic. The study, to be presented Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco, found optimism to be universal and borderless. Data from the Gallup World Poll drove the findings, with adults in more than 140 countries providing a...

2009-05-03 11:44:55

U.S. actor Michael J. Fox says he feels his optimistic take on his Parkinson's disease is an inspiration to others facing their own hardships. The former Family Ties star, who was diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 1991, said his optimism is rooted in his belief his life has been filled with more pluses than minuses, The Washington Post reported Sunday. I feel that whatever hardships or losses I've had as a result of the Parkinson's are far outweighed by the gifts I have been given in...

2006-02-28 00:05:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK -- Men with a bright outlook on life seem to be less likely to die of heart disease or stroke than their more pessimistic peers, Dutch researchers report. The findings, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, add to evidence that natural optimists may be a hardier breed. In an earlier study, the same researchers found a lower risk of death from any cause within a given timeframe among older adults who had generally optimistic attitudes. The new study followed...

2006-02-27 16:25:00

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Optimism is good for the heart, a study said on Monday. The most optimistic among a group of 545 Dutch men age 64 to 84 had a roughly 50 percent lower risk of cardiovascular death over 15 years of follow-up, according to the study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Previous research has suggested being optimistic boosts overall physical health and lowers the risk of death from all causes. A positive attitude also has been shown to help patients who suffer from...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'