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Staying positive protects our memory as we age

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Staying positive protects our memory as we age

Having a positive outlook on life really can protect you against mental decline as you get older.

Those of us who remain cheerful and enthusiastic are less likely to suffer memory loss as we age, a new research study has discovered.

Not dwelling on bad memories and experiences seems to be the key, or, as the old song puts it, accentuating the positive. In a series of tests on 991 older people, researchers at Northwestern University discovered that those who remained positive suffered less memory decline than those who were more negative or pessimistic.

Although all the participants suffered some decline, it was far less steep among those with a more positive outlook over the 10 years of the study.

(Source: Psychological Science, 2020; 095679762095388)

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