Sunday, January 30, 2005

Study - Optimists Live Longer 

This article is worth thinking about. Not just because it´s one more example of science-babble that the cheap infotainment media has found a market for. There is so much junk-reporting of science studies out there, that I´m not even going to bother critiquing what they are reporting. But I think it´s important because of another point.

Dark thoughts can get you down in more ways than you are often aware of. So, it´s always a good thing to remember to do a reality check and see if you are not falling into a pessimism trap. On the other hand, playing dizzy Polyanna in grave situations can get you dead or in even worse trouble. The trick is not making either of these two mistakes.

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