For years, worriers have been told that there's no benefit to their negative emotions. Wrong, says a new study. As a coping skill, fretting while you wait for a test result or a job offer is the BEST strategy, a new study found.
Here's why: Worriers tend to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. And that type of thinking helps pessimists make alternative plans while they wait for the news. If it's bad, they're prepared. If it's good, they're thrilled. Win-win.
Optimists or those who ignore their fears aren't quite so lucky. If they fail a test or the offer falls through, they are devastated by the unexpected. If they get what they want, they tend to be a bit more blase. ("I just knew I was going to get that promotion!")
So the next time someone chides you for being a worrywart, just smile. As one of the researchers told the New York Times, “although anxiety is a negative emotion because it feels bad, it is not a negative emotion in that it’s bad to feel it. Why wouldn’t you feel anxious, waiting for results?”
via The New York Times
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