Sniffle Busting Personality

People with generally positive outlooks show greater resistance to developing colds than do individuals who rarely revel in upbeat feelings, a new investigation finds.  (Great, I'm doomed!)

In a study published in 2003, a test group of 334 healthy adults showed that those who displayed generally positive outlooks, including feelings of liveliness, cheerfulness, and being at ease, were least likely to develop cold symptoms unlike their negative counterparts.

The "happy" people reported fewer cold symptoms than were detected in medical exams.

A current study offers "an interesting twist" on the relationship between feelings and health as other research indicates that negative emotions influence immune function and illness development more powerfully than positive emotions do.

Excerpts from Science News Magazine,Week of Dec. 16, 2006; Vol. 170, No. 25 , p. 387