Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

‘Think pos­i­tive.’ Ugh. No two words have more power to in­duce both an eye-roll and a long­ing to punch the provider of such perky ad­vice in the face. Well, ac­tu­ally, we hate to say it, but those glass-half-full types? They might be on to some­thing. Re­search pub­lished in The Jour­nals Of Geron­tol­ogy: Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sciences found that merely ex­pect­ing a day to be stress­ful is enough to make you less pro­duc­tive – re­gard­less of how it ac­tu­ally turns out. For two weeks, par­tic­i­pants re­sponded to ques­tions about their stress lev­els and com­pleted mem­ory tasks through­out the day. Re­searchers found that greater stress an­tic­i­pa­tion in the morn­ing was as­so­ci­ated with poorer work­ing mem­ory later in the day. And we’re not just talk­ing about a ham­pered abil­ity to re­call what hap­pened in the last episode of House Of Cards – a re­duced work­ing mem­ory can make you more likely to mess up while do­ing your job. So, in the words of some­one who’s way too perky, overly caf­feinated, or both: pull on your pos­i­tive pants, god­dammit.

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