Soldiers who are optimistic may suffer from less chronic pain
Feb 8, 2019
A new study from the University of Michigan suggests that soldiers who had a more positive attitude before being deployed to places like Irak or Afghanistan suffered from less chronic pain when they returned home. The research shows that those soldiers who were more pessimistic before deployment were 35% more likely to report frequent headaches, joint pain, or back pain. The researchers added that the most surprising finding was that, even after considering factors such as education, the rank of the soldier, or marital status, optimism was still the most determining factor. As a final note, the study adds that it may be important to implement some pre-deployment programs to change the soldiers' mindset before they are deployed.