Don’t Be So Negative—Be An Optimist, It Could Help You Live Longer, Research Finds

Don’t Be So Negative—Be An Optimist, It Could Help You Live Longer, Research Finds
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According to recent study, being an optimist may help you live a lengthier life. A large-scale research indicated that those who “always focus on the sunny part of life” were much more likely to reach the age of 90.

Despite the notion that societal structural elements like race & ethnicity might influence optimism, this study implies that optimism’s advantages may apply to people of all races and ethnicities.

Deficiencies or risk variables that raise the likelihood of illness and early mortality have been the topic of much past research. These results imply that concentrating on favorable psychological characteristics like optimism as prospective new strategies to promote lifespan and good aging across varied communities may be worthwhile, according to these studies.

Other considerations were a person’s level of education, marital status, earnings, and health issues. They had an average life expectancy of 5.4 % more than their contemporaries who were not optimistic.

An increasing body of data shows that having a happy outlook on life might help keep you healthier and live longer. Optimism, defined as the general anticipation of good things to occur in the future, has a strong link to better health and even a remarkable lifespan.

Optimism has also been linked to a greater willingness to take action to improve one’s health. Healthy habits including higher physical exercise, a better diet, and abstaining from smoking are also much more common among these individuals.

The latest results corroborate prior studies. A study of primarily white American women revealed that being optimistic increased life expectancy by 15% and the likelihood of obtaining extraordinary longevity by 50%. The importance of regular workout has been well acknowledged, and researches have demonstrated that consistent activity adds between 0.4 and 4.2 years to one’s life when conflicting lifestyle factors are taken into account.

According to the study’s authors, mental stress and anxiety may cause a wide range of physiological alterations that are detrimental to health. Altered brain chemistry, blood clot, and oxidative damage are all possible side effects.


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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