In an odd and yet meaningless coincidence, the DC-area “classic rock” station was playing the same song (“The Distance”, by Cake) in my car when I left it at 10 AM as when I got back into at more than 12 hours later – almost as if I were listening to the song on a CD and not the radio. Indeed, it’s a catchy tune.
In a subsequent post I should rave on and on about Martin Seligman’s Learned Optimism. He relates some amazing studies on how one’s explanatory style determines our resilience to adversity, achievement, and health. Here’s a paper on how it affects athletes.