Fast Company - "Why Being Too Cool For Optimism Is Stupid"

 – April 8, 2013  –– 

Writing in the Atlantic, Emily Esfahani Smith tells us that a positive outlook is "far from being delusional or faith-based": it predicts whether or not we bounce back or fall into depression. Smith references Dr. Dennis Charney, the dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who examined 750-some Vietnam veterans who were kept as prisoners of war for six to eight years--yet they did not develop depression afterward. Why? After many interviews, Charney found a set of characteristics of psychological hardiness--including optimism, altruism, humor, and finding a meaning in life. Learn more