Positive outlook predicts less memory decline, New Study says


Forgetfulness is a part of life. Everyone experiences it either on a mild or aggressive note. While the former is of no concern, the latter more than often requires medical help. But what affects us the most is the memory loss over minute regular details. For example, forgetting to turn the lights off, or to lock the door when leaving home, misplacing car keys, keeping the geyser on and, etc. Most importantly, forgetting the lessons taught, which further amounts to a huge academic pressure on the young growing generation. And not to deny, it further adds up to a not so bright future.

While there are varied reasons behind memory declination, there are also many ways of subduing it. The easiest one of them being is embracing a positive attitude.

According to a new study published in the journal, Psychological Science, it has been found that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful, that is switching on the basic "positive mode" are said to potentially undergo less memory deterioration as they age comparatively. This result expands the growing body of research on positive effects role in healthy aging.

A team of fervent researchers analyzed data that incorporated 991 middle-aged and older US adults who participated in a national study. It was conducted at three time intervals between 1995 and 1996, another between 2004 and 2006, and yet another in between 2013 and 2014.

In each survey, participants reported on a range of positive emotions they had undergone during the past 30 days. And, in the final two examinations, participants also completed tests of memory performance. These endeavours included words to be recalled shortly after their presentation and again 15 minutes later.

On the basis of an account of age, gender, education, recession, negative affect, the analyzers examined the corporation in between positive affect and memory decline. “Our findings showed that memory declined with age,” said Claudia Haase, an associate professor at Northwestern University and senior author on the paper.

“However, individuals with higher levels of positive affect had a less steep memory decline over almost a decade,” added D.r Emily Hittner, of Northwestern University and the paper’s lead author. As such the tracts of future research might address the courses that could connect positive effect and memory, defining the physical health or social relationships.

Well, even if we are to ignore all the research papers and the proven printed words, we definitely cannot deny the benefits of having a positive outlook on our memory. Memory declination is a major concern among the aging population. It not only tends to make us look less intellectual but rather stupid. Have you ever tried looking into its underlying cause and thus, a simple solution?

It is true that as we age more and more, our memory tends to dwindle naturally, but at the same time our mental and physical conditions also play a major role in bringing varied changes to it. It is a known fact that a stress-free, merry looking, energetic person will possibly be able to make his brain run faster and clearer than a sad, negative bloomer. And that is why it always asked to stay positive.

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