Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Look at the Bright Side and You Might Live Longer

See that glass of water? Is it half empty or half full? The way you respond might actually have a lot to do with your health and how long you live, according to US researchers.

More and more evidence is pointing to the fact that negativity, hostility and pessimism not only make life a living hell for those around you, but they are also cutting your lifespan shorter.
Researchers at University of Pittsburgh have found that optimistic women aged 50 and over are 30% less likely to die from heart disease, and 14% less likely to die from any cause when compared to those who view the glass as half-empty. Optimistic women are also less likely to have diabetes, high blood pressure or smoke.

At first glance, I couldn't help but think back to this article here. Basically, if you look at the bright side of things, you're less likely to be stressed and throw your body out of whack! You're also probably someone who takes care of their body by eating healthy, balanced meals and exercising regularly. The researchers can't say for sure if optimism causes better health, but the relationship is undeniable.

Hey, a little optimism can go a long way! We should all take note of this advice, especially in these tough economic times we're facing; in the words of Henry Ford: "If you think you can, or you think you can't, you are right!". I think he was on to something.