Pressure on positive pervades American culture. No matter what the problem is, it seems, it can be resolved with the positive. Having a bad day? Keep smiling. overdrafts? Buy a lottery ticket and think positive thoughts. cancer diagnosis? Slap a pink ribbon on his lapel and have fun. Do not burn into negativity. It will make your friends and family, because they permanently banish wrinkles, and make you sick. And before he dies. This push to a constant focus on the positive is not a new phenomenon. In 1952, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale brought, and presumably his painful chronic disease has healed us the power of positive thinking in 1970, Norman Cousins from therapy with frequent doses of laughter. More recently, popular Rhonda Byrne’s “secret” simply the universe of these desires would bring to bear a tiefstenen desire for money, love, sending and health. Decades obsession we have with the power of positivity continues today. Case in point: more than 1,000 Yale students are currently enrolled in a class on happiness, is to make the most popular class in the history of 316 years of college. I’m worried that I’m on this tyranny of positive contribution. I am a professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and an expert on positive emotions and health. I developed a program to help people experience on a daily basis of positive emotions that we assume we will help them with health-related and other types of stress to cope better. My research is within the range of “positive psychology,” an area as Barbara Ehrenreich Bright Sided has been criticized categorically books: think how good it is weakening America and Ruth Whippman America anxious because our search for happiness drives them crazy and As this result for Real. Once, when I argued publicly that it is possible to experience positive emotions, even among some times stressful life and positivity can lead to better psychological and physical well-being, a man with a beard between grumpily public has observed: “This it’s just Panglossian! “Ehrenreich, Whippman, and the man with the beard may have a point. Excessive emphasis on positive emotions denies the main negative role in our human emotions gaming experience. Negative emotions play important functions that motivate us action or Us to take on targets that do not sustainable for long. There is also evidence that is experiencing a range of emotions, both positive and negative, positive health effects, including longer life. In addition, the prescription in response to a significant challenge of life is like a diagnosis of cancer or caring for a spouse with dementia will be tasked to solve the problem directly with the individual, be positive that had the unfortunate experience of stress . No matter that they are to create these difficult circumstances is not responsible, or a little later to have power to change – you go down the police and tell them positive buck up, smile, and get over it. Instead, people who exercise the authorization, which can control, they accuse the end if they are not able to dig a difficult situation, and this rather adds to their stress when it is reduced. thinking maybe dangerous, positive for the load on the individual placement ideas, simply to feel better about their situation, we neglect the importance of work, social and institutional causes of change stress that can perpetuate systems of oppression, discrimination, and inequality that caused the epidemic of stress in the first place. But we must not positive baby off the excitement with the bathwater positivity. There are at least signs that positive emotions are associated with a variety of positive results, including better health and a longer life. In my research, it is our goal to help people, the roads become more positive emotions on a daily basis from experience, even when life is stressful – no negative experiences or feelings to banish. Our research shows that they can do more than the negative, even in the presence of high stress, people and emotions positive experiences, and these are associated with better adjustment in the face of life stress. My lab is not the only one doing this kind of work. For Dr. Jeff Huffman and his colleagues at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital that a program for positive people to raise emotions shows promise to improve not only the health but also physical activity, a key heart health behavior in terms of It teaches skills patients recovering from acute coronary events. Mood for positive events once seemingly minor as a beautiful sunset or a good cup of coffee leads to more positive emotions, even when life is a challenge. Do something good for someone else to increased happiness together. In addition, making room for positive emotions in addition to the supporting negative effective coping and we can provide with the ability to take on the larger structural problems that cause stress. Instead of big and small challenges persist in the face of life on constant positivity, and expect to “be happy”, the solution may be, instead of finding a few things for you to do the most positive emotions in your daily life. Perhaps the agent is to enjoy a moment under a beautiful spring day or pay for the stranger’s coffee behind you in line. He wants to win the lottery with the power of your mind? No, but you can increase positive emotions that occur on a daily basis about the negative impact of life to reduce stress factors, large and small. With space for positive than negative are to cope better with stress what life throws their way. Judith T. Moskowitz is a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University and director of research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. It is a public votes Fellow. This article was originally published on Undark. Read the original article.