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The positive sides of worrying

Worrying has a negative reputation, but new research shows that it is not only destructive or pointless, but also good for your body. It has motivational benefits, and it also acts as an emotional buffer. Worry is also associated with recovery from traumatic events, adaptive preparation and planning, recovery from depression, and participation in activities that promote health and prevent illness. In addition, people who are more concerned may perform better – in school or in the workplace – seek more information in response to stressful events, and are more successful in solving problems.

Three explanations for motivational effects in worrying.
1. Worrying serves as a signal that the situation is serious and requires action. People use their emotions as a source of information when making decisions.
2. Worrying about a stressor keeps the stressor at the front of the mind and prompts people to take action.
3. The unpleasant feeling of worry motivates people to look for ways to reduce their worry.