The latest study by U.S investigators showed women who have a more cheerful, positive outlook are more likely to live longer than those with a negative view on life.
Women within the highest 25 percent of optimism scores had a 14 percent lower chance of dying of any cause. Women with the highest degree of cynical hostility were 16 percent more likely to die than those with the most trust in their fellow humans.
One possibility is that optimists are better at coping with adversity and might, for example take better care of themselves when they do fall ill. In the study, the optimistic women exercised more and were leaner than their pessimistic peers.
Lead researcher Dr Hilary Tindle, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, said: “The majority of evidence suggests that sustained, high degrees of negativity are hazardous to health.”
This study demonstrates the role and significance of the connection between the mind and the body. It’s definitely another good reason to try to look at the brighter side of life.
Keep in mind that for everyone, regardless of your outlook, making healthy choices such as not smoking and eating well, along with exercise will have much more of an impact on your health.