Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer Life

Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer Life

Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer LifeWomen who are generally upbeat and believe in good things happening will live longer lives. The study confirms the power of positive thinking.

Key takeaways:

  • Optimism has been found to be linked to the low risk of infection, respiratory disease, stroke and cancer.
  •        Optimistic people have healthier ways; they eat healthy, exercise more, and get high-quality sleep.
  • Optimistic people have robust coping mechanisms such as anticipating challenges and acceptance of circumstance.

For the most optimistic women, for instance, the risk of dying from cancer was 16 percent lower; the risk of dying from heart disease, stroke or respiratory disease was almost 40 percent lower; and the risk of dying from infection was 52 percent lower, the study found.

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