For some people, worrying manifests in the form of problem-solving that spins out of control and leads to anxiety, insomnia, or even panic attacks. Interestingly, others see it as an important part of cognitive functioning.
In medicine and psychology, a certain kind of patient is referred to as "the worried well." This expression describes someone who panics at the slightest ache or pain and floods the offices of physicians, acupuncturists, and naturopaths with their disastrous self-diagnosis and imagined catastrophic outcomes. Then there are the worriers who panic about being too late or too early, being held up at the grocery store, or immediately assume that "no news is bad news."
Whether you're the type to worry about medical woes or the more mundane aspects of life, you'll be relieved to know that new research shows there's actually a positive side to worry and that familiar axiom "Don't be such a worrywart" might not be the best advice.
Here are three ways worrying can actually work in your favor: