The ability to always see the bright side of the things may bring more benefits than you might think. Recent studies have found a connection between the joys of optimism and a longer life expectancy, making it a longevity elixir. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health discovered that women who always adopted a positive mindset had significantly reduced chances of dying. Many causes of death such as cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, and infection can be averted with just a smile on your face.
Eric Kim, the co-author of the study, has seen satisfactory results just by redirecting the medical focus from efforts of reducing risk factors to enhancing psychological resistance. The positive results of his research show that doctors should start taking care of the mindset of their patients too. They should find ways of boosting optimism since it seems to be directly responsible for many health improvements. This way, women will not only enjoy a natural longevity elixir, but they will also be able to overcome life challenges without much stress.
The study used data recorded from 2004 to 2012. There were 70,000 women enrolled in this research. Participants had to answer different surveys every two years. The questions were related preponderantly to their health. There were other factors taken into consideration such as high blood pressure, diet, race, and physical activity. These all can influence mortality risk. The optimism level of the participants was the main concern in this study.
The findings were impressive. Women from the most optimistic category displayed an almost 30% lower risk of dying in comparison with participants that were the least optimistic. They also had 16% fewer chances of being affected by cancer, 38% lower risk for fatal heart disease, 38% fewer chances of fatal respiratory disease, and 52% lower risk of fatal infections.
There were already official studies that linked optimism to fewer cardiovascular problems. These however focused only on a lower level of stress that can be obtained when someone doesn’t give in to their personal issues. This is what makes the recent research a groundbreaking paper. No scientists before have given attention to other effects of a positive mindset.
Since optimism seems to be a longevity elixir for women, people can start some inexpensive and non-intrusive treatments for sadness. These can be simple writing tasks when you can write down the things that you have and are happy about. Moreover, you can start doing some mental exercises by envisioning the best outcome of your present projects and relationships.
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