Are You a Worry Wart? It Might Be Good for Your Health
November 12, 2015•8 min
What exactly is defensive pessimism, and how does it work?If you've shown any sides of worrying or feeling constantly consumed by worry that you've even been labeled a "worry wart," people might have told you to learn to relax.However, recent research shows that worrying might be beneficial to your health. A recent study in the journal of Emotion looked at how people manage stress while waiting for high-stakes results.Researchers found that people who tried coping techniques failed at suppressing distress. Also, when news arrived, worriers were more elated than the relaxed participants. And, if the news was bad or good, the worriers were better prepared.How else can worrying be good for your health?Listen in as Julie K. Norem, PhD, shares the recent study on worrying and how it might actually be healthy for you.