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Positive Affect Can Slow Memory Loss

The COVID-19 pandemic comes with plenty of peripheral consequences. One may be advanced memory loss. It’s not that the virus infects your brain. Instead, it can make it extremely difficult to maintain what scientists call “positive affect.” It’s pretty tough to stay cheerful and optimistic as the pandemic has upended life in so many ways. Add that on to political and civil unrest, and you might not be seeing the world through rose-colored lenses. Yet, there are still things to be hopeful for and smile about. Believing the pandemic will pass, recalling positive memories, and doing activities each day that put a smile on your face can all help boost both outlook and positive affect. Doing so could slow down memory loss and brain aging. A recent study published in Psychological Science found that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful are less likely to experience memory decline with age. These …