Happy memories of childhood can help health in adult life: study
                    People with sweet memories of childhood, especially affective relationships with parents, tend to have less depression and fewer chronic diseases such as older adults, according to research published in the journal Health Psychology on Monday.
                    "We found that good memories seem to have a positive effect on health and well-being, possibly through the way they reduce stress or help us maintain healthy choices in life," said study lead author William J Chopik, of the State University of Michigan.
                    The researchers used data from more than 22,000 participants in two studies. The first followed adults at the age of 40 for 18 years and the second followed adults aged 50 or older for 6 years.
                    The surveys included questions about perceptions of parental affect, general health, chronic conditions and depressive symptoms.
                    Participants in both groups who reported having remembered higher levels of affection on the part of their mothers in early childhood experienced better physical health and fewer depressive symptoms later in life.
                    Those who reported memories with more support from their parents also experienced less depressive symptoms.
                    However, Chopik's team found that participants with positive memories of childhood had fewer chronic diseases in the first study of 7,100 people, but not in the second study of 15,200, which makes the results less straightforward.


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