PER­MIS­SION FOR PES­SIMISM

India Today - - SNAP­SHOTS -

Be pos­i­tive— a pe­ice of ad­vice we’ve got­ten from friends, fam­ily and count­less self- help books. Con­sid­er­ing how it has helped us sail through many a gloomy sit­u­a­tion, it’s not bad ad­vice at all. But can one re­ally stay pos­i­tive all the time? Af­ter all ev­ery­one feels the in­evitable need to cringe, com­plain and let pes­simism tri­umph from time to time. But if you’ve se­cretly been wal­low­ing in a cloud of neg­a­tiv­ity then you may ac­tu­ally have done your health a favour. Re­search con­ducted at New York Univer­sity re­veals that those who ex­pe­ri­ence mixed emo­tions are less in­clined to suf­fer a health de­cline as op­posed to those who only show pos­i­tive sen­ti­ments. So when it comes to your well- be­ing it pays to em­brace both the good and the bad.

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