Study Says That Being Optimistic Can Increase Your Lifespan

Study Says That Being Optimistic Can Increase Your Lifespan
Study Says That Being Optimistic Can Increase Your Lifespan

A research study has found that people who lead an optimistic life are likely to live longer as compared to those who get depressed with small problems. Get more details here.

Positivity is the key to survive in a world full of negativity and negative people. Those who practice optimism are found to live a long & healthy life. This is proven after research was conducted by a team of professors at Boston University. Researchers found that people with greater optimism are highly likely to attain 'exceptional longevity'.

"While research has identified many risk factors for diseases and premature death, we know relatively less about positive psychosocial factors that can promote healthy aging," told Lewina Lee, Assistant Professor at the Boston University.

"This study has strong public health relevance because it suggests that optimism is one such psychosocial asset that has the potential to extend the human lifespan. Interestingly, optimism may be modifiable using relatively simple techniques or therapies," she added.

This research was published in the journal of the National Academy of Sciences. The study was conducted on 69,744 females and 1,429 males. Both men and women groups were given a survey to measure their optimism level along with their diet and lifestyle habits such as drinking, smoking, physical activeness, diet, etc. The outcome was drawn on the basis of their initial levels of positivity. The researchers found that men and women who were optimistic were believed to live a lifespan of about 11-15 percent longer than usual. As compared to the other people, optimistic people had about 70% higher chances of reaching the age of 90!

Also read: Bid Farewell to Negativity with these Simple Tips

For this, a lot of factors were taken into consideration. Age, chronic diseases, demographic factors, behavior, diet, chronic diseases, etc. "However, exactly why optimistic people appear to live longer is still up for debate," Lee said.

Also read: Learn How to Embrace Positivity in your Life

You Can adopt These 10 Habits To Stay Positive

  • Live in a positive environment where people around you are more optimistic
  • Try to find positivity even in a negative situation
  • Don't hurry, let things go in their pace
  • Don't make a mountain out of a molehill
  • Never let your fear overpower you. Come out of your comfort zone and do things that challenge you.
  • Try to add positivity in others life
  • Eat healthily, exercise daily and sleep properly on time
  • Take criticism in a positive way
  • Wake up with positive thoughts
  • Be mindful and behave mindfully throughout the day

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