Don’t worry, you might be happier worrying (a little bit anyway)

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Everything in moderation, as they say. Including worrying about, things, stuff. I imagine a little worrying might bring previously unforeseen ideas and possibilities to mind. Then there are the potential health benefits from being concerned about your overall well being.

Well, maybe because – sometimes, in small doses – worrying can actually be good for you. In one study, for example, worrying was linked to recovery from trauma and depression, as well as increased “uptake of health-promoting behaviors,” like getting regular cancer screenings or resolving to kick a smoking habit. Others have found that worriers tend to be more successful problem-solvers, higher performers at work and in graduate school, and more proactive and informed when it comes to handling stressful events that life throws their way.

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