I am a reformed pessimist. For decades, I chose to look at life from the dark side. It prevented being disappointed or hurt when things didn't go as planned. While that was true, there was something far more sinister occurring. On the surface, I protected myself, or so I thought, but deeper down that pessimism was harming me. It triggered the stress response, which contributes to the inflammatory response. Yes, there was something wrong with that picture!