According to new research, simply imagining that an upcoming event will go well can lead you to remember it in a positive light, after the fact. Trying to tweak your perception may smack of denial, but it doesn’t have to. Focusing on the positive can help you stay enthusiastic and engaged and find solutions to problems, and may boost long-term happiness and health. Suppose you have an upcoming work presentation that you’re nervous about. Visualize it going well, and imagine how good you’ll feel afterward. Do the same with an upcoming trip, a challenging workout, a holiday with extended family, or just an ordinary weekend. See whether thinking positively seems to affect your experience, your memories of the experience, or your attitude in general.
Source: An Optimistic Outlook Creates a Rosy Past: The Impact of Episodic Simulation on Subsequent Memory
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