I'll admit it: I'm a glass half-empty type of person. I have negative perceptions of, well, almost everything. But the way I look at it, that just means I'm pleasantly surprised if something does turn out OK.

That philosophy makes me feel just fine—and it might even be keeping my stress levels at bay.

The American Psychological Association's annual survey, Stress in America, came out last week with findings of little shock value: Everybody's stressed out. And high stress levels keep causing a myriad of health problems—depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity, among others.

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