Does an Optimist Feel Less Pain?
You have a pain in your knee that won’t go away. You’ve been to the doctor. You’ve tried all the treatments out there that you can think of.
You bought the expensive shoes that were supposed to give the best support to your back and knees. You’ve tried the latest diet to bring down your weight a bit and lighten the load that your knees have to carry with every step. You’ve been to the gym and lifted weights to strengthen all the muscles around the area of your sore knee. And, when you really needed it, you took a painkiller to get you through those days when the pain just wouldn’t recede.
So what else can you do, if your knee still hurts? Well—this may seem like a stretch—but try being optimistic. Researchers at Alabama University have discovered that thinking positively could actually alter how you react to pain symptoms. Read more.....