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New Study Highlights Importance Of Taking Control Of Your Own Story07:01

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The stories we tell ourselves about our lives matter. If we feel sad or overwhelmed, and we constantly tell us ourselves there's good reason to feel that way, chances are we're going to feel that way.

But if we spin a more positive narrative about life, it can actually help us feel better. This is not a new idea, but a new medical study that is giving it new legitimacy.


  • Rachel Zimmerman, co-host CommonHealth
  • Jonathan Adler, lead researcher and assistant psychology professor at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering


This program aired on January 17, 2012.

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