Carol Silva, the former News 12 anchor and cancer survivor, will share her story of recovery and offer tips on positive thinking at a TEDx talk in Farmingdale this weekend.
"I tell a couple of stories about people who had good attitudes and had remarkable outcomes," Silva said. "And I ask if there’s any scientific research to back up these stories."
The independently organized event takes place Saturday at noon at Charlotte’s Speakeasy, 294 Main St., Farmingdale. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at tedxfarmingdale.com. Silva will be joined by several other speakers, including Mark X. and John Lee Cronin, the father-son team behind the Melville-based business John’s Crazy Socks, and the journalist-turned-personal-trainer Lisa Mateo. Titled "Origins and Evolution," the event bills itself as a showcase for "ideas that have evolved from their previous iterations and aspire to innovate while honoring their origin foundations."
Silva, a 33-year veteran of News 12, brought her sunny optimism and good cheer into Long Island living rooms each morning until 2019, when she retired following a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer. Nevertheless, she bounced back a year later with an Instagram video announcing she had beaten the disease. (She still is healthy, she said.) Along with her medical team, Silva credits her Catholic upbringing and a lifelong positive outlook instilled in her by her parents. "Even my doctor said, 'Your positive attitude is going to help you,' " she said.
Part of Silva's presentation will focus on whether a good attitude can be learned or developed. "I talk about some of the techniques to up your positivity game," she said. She plans on discussing a "luck school" that taught students how to feel luckier, and a 25-year study showing that people with upbeat attitudes were dramatically less likely to suffer from heart problems than those with negative attitudes.
One piece of advice from Silva: Smiling can reduce stress. "When you’re in traffic on the Long Island Expressway," she said, "even a fake smile will lower your heart rate and your blood pressure."