Remembering Happy Times Can Relieve Stress

If you’re having a rough day, just think back on some good times. Psychologists from Rutgers University write in the journal Nature Human Behavior that ‘self-generated’ positive emotions help the brain switch its narrow focus on a bad situation to a wider focus. The researchers had 134 volunteers plunge their hands into icy water, and half then thought of good memories for 14 seconds, while others focused on neutral memories. Those who thought of happy times felt calmer and had stress hormone levels 15 percent lower than those who thought of neutral memories. Thinking of the good times could even cut your stress response by as much as 85 percent. (Daily Mail