For our country—and for ourselves, also. It is appropriate that today's news includes a Dutch study confirming the positive health benefits of optimism. The nine-year study of nearly a thousand men and women between the ages of 65 and 85 found that an optimistic personality contributed significantly to reduced mortality. The effect was most dramatic when cardiovasculary mortality alone was considered. (The above link takes you directly to the Archives of General Psychiatry where the research was published. As might be expected, unfortunately, the news stories circulating differ vastly in accuracy, with some reporting the opposite of the true cardiovascular results.)
A research scientist can only say that the effect applies to the population studied: elderly people. It doesn't take much imagination, however, to expect that other studies will show similar benefits among more, and maybe all, populations.There is much that is negative to concern us, even if our candidates are today's victors. We didn't need those horrible campaign ads to convince us of that. But we all need a good dose of appreciating the good, the true, and the beautiful, and of expecting the best out of life, rather than the worst. Then we will be in the right frame of mind to enjoy the best, if it comes, and to deal with the worst, if necessary.