Pessimism is a fundamental part of the human experience. Researchers say refusing to subscribe entirely to the social drive for the pursuit of happiness and embracing your pessimistic side may be the most reasonable attitude.
Pessimistic people are more likely to die earlier from cardiovascular disease and other causes, but not from cancer than those who have a more optimistic outlook on life. However, optimists did not have a greater than average life expectancy.
A new study reveals a link between religious attendance and better sleep quality. Researchers say religiosity could decrease some psychological distress, substance abuse and stress exposure, all of which are associated with sleep outcomes.
People who are historically more reliant on the coal industry tend to have more negative personality traits, University of Cambridge researchers report. The researchers believe this could be a lasting effect of the Industrial Revolution.