With increasing age, people react more positively to both emotional and neutral stimuli, and are better able to positively reframe a negative experience into a positive one.
Validating another person's negative emotions or experiences can help foster a more positive mental outlook.
The facial muscle activity it takes to smile helps to generate more positive emotions.
Researchers urge people to reframe negative messages about eating and weight loss for the new year ahead.
Emotional content matters when it comes to episodic memories, researchers report. Imagining a positive event biases recall to positive details.