Many of us really do not understand just how important it is to have a positive outlook on life.Ai?? Sure, we think it’s not a bad thing, as we all know depression can’t be good for you.Ai?? Yet, new research is showing that the story goes far deeper.Ai?? Scientists are now saying that a light-hearted attitude in life is actually anti-aging.Ai?? Dr. Stefanie Brassen, the studyai??i??s author, says that successful aging comes down to ai???the positivity effectai???.Ai??Ai?? She says this was ai???a biased tendency towards and preference for positive, emotionally gratifying experiencesai???. By scanning the brains of participants while shown pictures of happy, sad, fearful, and neutral faces, they discovered increased activity in the rostral anterior cingulate cortex, the part of the brain that controls emotions.Ai?? “High levels of activity in this part of the brain are associated with good mental health.” The study also adds that exercise and even crossword puzzles are two more ways to keep your brain young.

Another interesting clip from the article reads, “Simply focusing your brain on positive thoughts, and living for the moment, rather than looking too far into the future, can help maintain good mental health.”

Of course we all need to think about the future (the connotation involves worrying about the future), but for most Americans (with Conceptuals/intuitives dominating the populace), “today” is as good as gone.Ai?? We are on to the next best thing, and we really do not have time to stop and smell the roses.Ai?? Yet, talk to most any #1 FEAR or #2 BEAR, and you will find a refreshing oasis.Ai?? Why?Ai?? Because, as dominant Empiricals, and Right brained, they do live for the moment (sometimes to their detriment), and do seek to enjoy life.Ai?? From our limited research in this specific realm, in fact, we have found that #2 men in particular often live to a ripe old age.Ai?? Though highly emotional beings, they usually do not worry excessively, tend not to harbor bitterness, and are liable to sleep well at night.Ai?? Since they live so much in the moment and despise unpleasant feelings, theyai??i??ll usually let go of and literally run from troubling situations.

A GREAT deal could be written about each of the individual 16 designs and their overall outlook in life.Ai?? One thing we will point out is that the Q3 region of the brain tends to be the most optimistic, which includes #3 FEALs, #7 FEILs, #11 FCALs, and #15 FCILs.Ai?? As Niednagel writes in Brain Types and Parenting: “This region can be the most critical region, especially when expressing itself to others about the differences in things and people.Ai?? Ironically, it can also be very positive and it loves to accomplish goals and pursue what it believes is right or best to do.” This is not to say that they can never or will never experience bouts of depression (as Animates, #3s and #11s will be more prone to this), but the “executive control region” of the brain will definitely be less likely to than, say, the Q2 region of the brain (Back-Right).Ai?? Q3s will rarely experience the high-highs and the low-lows that can oftentimes plague Q1s (Front-Right), despite the fact that you may find Q1s to be more outwardly boisterous.Ai?? To be even more specific, upon first meeting them, #1 FEARs and #9 FCARs seem to consistently be the most energetic and happy (even if they are experiencing major problems at home!).Ai?? Yet, do not be fooled.Ai?? While they may indeed be happy (especially on the outside), it does not necessarily mean they consistently are having a positive outlook on life.Ai?? It is a state of mind, not a feel-good feeling.Ai?? And letai??i??s all not forget, #1s and #9s usually love to be with people.Ai?? Alone they are often despondent, but among others they bloom like a flower; energized by others, they move from the deeper, emotional posterior brain regions to the frontal higher areas.

The question really boils down to what is true optimism?Ai?? Is it happiness in the moment, or lasting, long-term inner joy?Ai?? Certainly the latter is what we all strive for, not letting our joy come from happiness, or “happen-stance,” but rather contentment with what life gives us, and the ability to positively accept it.Ai?? As Dr. John Krystal,Ai?? editor of Biological Psychiatry puts it, “When coping with extremely stressful life challenges, it is critical to appraise the situation realistically, but also to approach it with a positive attitude.ai??? Every one of us, regardless of Brain Type, has the capacity to stop, enjoy the moment, and appreciate the here-and-now.

Lastly, lest we think happiness is something to be captured and kept, here is a wise quote from Nathaniel Hawthorn:Ai?? “Happiness is like a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

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