A positive attitude does more than just improve your mood. Optimism is healing. Optimism may help you to be resilient, healthy, and help you to connect with others. Having a hard time staying positive? Start with simple steps: meditate, focus on the positive things in any negative situation and write down what you think of. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how optimism helps you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Positive Thinking: What It Is, What It’s Not, and How to Do It
Positive thinking can improve your mental and physical health in many ways. With a few simple practices, anyone can make positive thinking a habit.
What Are the Treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder?
Find out how cognitive behavioral therapy and medications like antidepressants can help treat symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
10 Tips to Help You Become More Resilient
Some people seem to be born with the ability to overcome setbacks with relative ease. It’s a trait that experts call resilience. Here are 10 things to focus on.
Kindness Is Contagious
A leading 'positive psychologist' is working to prove that kindness is catching. Witnessing good deeds physically inspires the viewer to model that behavior, he says, a finding that can -- and should -- be applied to childrearing and education.
Doing Good Really Is Good for You
Volunteering may help you live longer and better, research shows.
Q&A With Mariel Hemingway
The actress and author opens up about her family and how she stays happy and healthy.
Losing Weight and Keeping It Off
An expert discusses diet, exercise, mental preparation, and rapid weight loss.
Learn about how brain training may help with cognitive development in children and adults.
The Humor Connection
Peter McGraw, PhD, humor expert, studies comedians to learn what people find funny, and discusses humor as a force for social connection.
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Finding the Courage to Be Vulnerable
How Reading Might Make You Happier
How to Get a Greater Sense of Well-Being
'Living in the Moment': The Key to Happiness?
Quiz: Myths and Facts About Your Moods
Shake the blues with this quiz about your moods.
Good Deeds and Your Health
Giving isn’t just good for your soul. It’s good for your body, too. Test your knowledge about what giving back can do for you.
Happiness Quiz: Test Your Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ)
How happy are you? Test your emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) with a happiness quiz from WebMD.
Stress Quiz: Who Gets It, How to Beat It
Insomnia. Headaches. Stress affects your health in many ways. See how much you know about stress, who gets it, and how to beat it with our quiz.