Scientists test this theory by studying twins. Though it's more common for researchers to study depression, a few are focusing on optimism, hoping to help children grow into resilient, upbeat adults.
'Challenge Breeds Optimism'
What is less often said, scientists note, is that children must face challenges to develop their problem-solving and coping skills. Most parents want to climb the tree and get the child down immediately.
'Training Children To Be Optimistic'
There's no magic to learning the optimistic style of thinking. To catch children while they are still able to learn, the program's staff goes out to area schools, reaching out to preadolescent children aged ten to thirteen.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008