Daily Archives: February 19, 2013

Think Happy Thoughts

Want to beef up your brain power in your old age? Try thinking positive. Researchers at Ohio State University have found that when seniors are in a good mood, they’re more likely to perform well on memory and decision-making tasks. Earlier studies have shown similar effects in younger adults. And it doesn’t take much to get happy: In the Ohio State experiment, test subjects were given candy and thank-you cards, and were set up on computers with smiley-sun wallpaper. That was enough to give them a lift… and an edge in cognitive testing.

So next time you see grandma, give her a reason to smile, whether it’s a big hug, or one of those molasses cookies she likes. You’ll be doing her mental faculties a favour.