Being optimistic could help you live longer

A recent study of more than 70,000 women has revealed that those with an optimistic outlook on live may live longer than those who do not.

According to the study, women with a positive attitude were less likely to suffer from heart disease, cancer, lung conditions, infection and Type 2 diabetes than others.

Researchers have conceded that there may be some link between optimism and healthy lifestyle choices – such as eating healthily and regularly exercising – however they’ve said having a positive attitude may improve life chances in itself.

The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, surveyed more than 70,000 women with an average age of 70, asking them to rate how optimistic they felt on a scale of 0-24. The participants were then monitored over the next eight years with researchers recording any deaths related to disease. Over the course of the study, there were a total of 4,566 deaths.

The study found that women who considered themselves most optimistic had a 30 percent lower risk to five deadly diseases than those women who considered themselves least optimistic.

The most optimistic women were also 38 percent likely to die from heart disease and 39 percent less likely to die from stroke than women at the other end of the scale.

What’s more the study found, they were also 52 percent less likely to die from an infection, 38 percent less likely to die from lung disease and 16 percent less likely to die from cancer than their pessimistic counterparts.

The researchers suggested optimism may not only improve our mental health, but may have a biological impact on our physical health. So pop on your rose tinted glasses and try and look on the bright side of life, because having a sunny disposition could help you live longer.

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