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Optimists cope better with stress

People who are optimistic are better at regulating stress as the hormone cortisol tends to be more stable in those with positive personalities, a new study has found.

Researchers from Concordia University in Canada tracked 135 older adults over six years, and collected their saliva samples five times a day to monitor cortisol levels.

This age group was selected because older adults often face a number of age-related stressors and their cortisol levels have been shown to increase. Joelle Jobin, a PhD candidate in clinical psychology who co-authored the study with her supervisor Carsten Wrosch and Michael Scheier from Carnegie Mellon University, noted that pessimists tended to have a higher stress baseline than optimists, but also had trouble regulating their system when they go through particularly stressful situations.PTI



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