Optimists are better at handling adversity, research shows

03/6/2013 | Atlantic online, The

While some scoff at movies like "Life of Pi" that depict the human spirit triumphing over adversity, scientific research backs up the idea that optimism fuels resiliency and reduces stress, Emily Esfahani Smith writes. Studies show those who find meaning in adversity are healthier in the long run, and having positive feelings can negate the effects of a stressful experience, she writes.

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