Optimism Can Help You Live Longer

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Numerous studies have shown that positive thinking promotes longevity.

Optimism brings many positives, from better mental health to improved immunity and lower risk from heart diseases. There’s another critical part of positive thinking, though – it helps you live longer, PNAS research confirmed. The results showed “that optimism is related explicitly to 11 to 15% longer life span, on average, and to higher odds of achieving “exceptional longevity,” that is, living to the age of 85 or beyond.” Seeing the glass half full means living happier and longer.

Optimism is considered a personality trait, and that is somewhat true. Some people are born to expect good outcomes, even when life is tough. If you aren’t among them, there are still many things you can do to turn your thinking and see the brighter side of life.

Start with keeping a diary of gratitude. Write down three things that made your day better; it can be as small as a good cup of coffee. You can’t expect miracles every day, so even the littlest things should count. Learn to meditate. Meditation, gratitude, having a loving group of friends or family, as well as a hobby that helps you manage your stress levels; these are all things worth exploring.

Optimism isn’t promoting just longer life, it promotes healthy aging, which means your quality of life will be impressive, no matter how old you are. Being old and feeling lonely and miserable isn’t our goal. It’s not on anyone’s wishlist. But enjoying the twilight years, being at peace with yourself, and caring about yourself as well as others, is a blessing.

Optimism isn’t all about unicorns and rainbows. Allow yourself to feel various emotions, but focus on the solutions, not the problems. Learning to be a more positive person can be frustrating because you are going against your nature. But adopting a new mindset doesn’t require anything but patience. Once you start noticing even the smallest changes, you’ll feel you deserve to know more. That’s how you bring healthy optimism to your life, but remember that it’s an ongoing process. It’s not about posting motivational quotes on your social media accounts, but about accepting life and seeing the brighter side even when you’re down.

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