"People who worry a lot do feel a bit better about bad news and extra great about good news,” says study co-author Kate Sweeny, an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside.
In a nutshell, the researchers found that when we worry, we’re preparing ourselves for what is it come. Doing so, can help you feel better about the outcome, whatever it may be.
“We found this pattern in a study of law school grads awaiting news about their bar exam result. People who were more worried about their result felt better about their result either way, compared to people who sailed through the waiting period with relative ease," said Sweeny.
Some also use worrying as a motivator.
“It draws our attention to bad things that might happen to us, and then it pushes us to take action to prevent those fates. People who worry more about car accidents are more likely to wear their seatbelt.”
The key, however, is balancing the amount of time spent worrying about things.
If you or someone you know is spending a majority time worrying to the point it’s affecting your life, seek advice from your doctor.