We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Our memory is affected by a range of factors, from personality and mood to the (illegal) drugs we have taken. Interestingly, a recent study has shown that there is a clear relationship between positive emotional states and memory. In other words, the more joy, pride, or enthusiasm that you feel, the less memory decline you’re likely to experience over the next 10 years.

The study’s participants were asked to undertake a memory assessment. During the test, they were asked to read a list of unrelated words. The participants then had to recall the words from memory. 9 years later, they were asked to complete the test once more.

The study showed that those who experience more positive emotions during the first test had less memory decline. Those who felt pride, peace, cheerfulness, and feelings of calm had a slower decline in memory. However, people who had more satisfaction or attentiveness did not have a slower decline in memory.

It is not yet clear why experiencing positive emotions are related to a slower decline in memory. There are suggestions that having a more positive outlook can mean someone is more likely to engage in healthy behaviours or have good social relationships. This shows that the positivity a person feels might not be the most crucial factor here. Instead, their positivity acts as a source of the behaviours that protect or improve their health. 

 

We offer mental health support in Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk