25 Oct How the brain generates optimism…a crucial component of happiness
As most of you almost certainly know, optimism is one of the most important contributors to happiness. As such, the article below might be of interest to those of you who come here to find out more about happiness.
How The Brain Generates The Human Tendency For Optimism
ScienceDaily (Oct. 25, 2007) – A neural network that may generate the human tendency to be optimistic has been identified by researchers at New York University. As humans, we expect to live longer and be more successful than average, and we underestimate our likelihood of getting a divorce or having cancer. The results, reported in Nature, link the optimism bias to the same brain regions that show irregularities in depression.