The Atlantic - "The Benefits of Optimism Are Real"
A positive outlook in difficult circumstances is not only an important predictor of resilience – but it is the most important predictor of it. This is what Dr. Dennis Charney, dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, examined approximately 750 Vietnam veterans who were prisoners of war. Tortured and kept in solitary confinement, these men were remarkably resilient. Unlike many fellow veterans, they did not develop depression or posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Charney found 10 characteristics that set them apart. The top one was optimism. The second was altruism. Humor and having a meaning in life—or something to live for—were also important. Learn more