Positive outlook on life eases chronic pain.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Chronic pain (Management)
Chronic pain (Psychological aspects)
Optimism (Health aspects)
Optimism (Physiological aspects)
Pub Date: 03/22/2011
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Spring, 2011 Source Volume: 39 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 266957310
Full Text: A person's outlook on life can minimize--or aggravate--one's chronic pain, found anew study led by Anthony Ong, assistant professor of human development, and M. Gary Reid, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Ong and colleagues reported that a person's habitual outlook on life and their ability to sustain positive emotions in the face of adversity or stress (what psychologists call psychological resilience) can make a dramatic difference in their experience of chronic pain, which afflicts millions of Americans, particularly the growing population of elderly. "While pain is a fact of life for many," said Ong, "how people relate to their pain can either help or hinder healthy coping."

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