Optimistic people live longer. Researchers at Harvard published a study a few years back that concluded that optimistic people not only enjoyed the benefit of better moods—but they had a significantly lower risk of dying from major diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease, compared to those with less positive outlooks.
Optimism appears to directly impact our biological functioning in beneficial ways that relate to longevity. Optimistic attitudes reduce inflammation and improve healthier biomarkers and lipid levels.
The researchers concluded that to feel more optimistic it is helpful to imagine our “best self” both succeeding and achieving the best possible outcomes in a variety of life domains, like in our personal relationships, our careers and also with our friendships. The researchers further determined that recalling things that we are grateful for, in addition to thinking about the things that make us happy, as well as what we’re looking forward to, all add up to an optimistic outlook that contributes to a longer, healthier life.
Not sure how to define an optimistic attitude? An optimist wakes up and says, “Good Morning, God!” … not “Good God it’s morning.”
Today’s a good day to start looking up! I want your company for the next 100 years!
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