Always look on the bright side of life! A study reveals the impact of optimism on health and long life!
While staying optimistic can be challenging during these turbulent times, it may actually help you live longer, according to a new study.
Boston University researchers have found that optimistic people live longer and healthier lives than pessimists, which they say is because they have fewer stressful events to deal with.
Dr. Luena Lee, who led the study, explained: “Stress is known to have a negative impact on our health. By looking at whether optimistic people handle everyday stress differently, our findings add to knowledge about how optimism can promote good health with People are getting old."
While previous research has found a link between optimism and healthy aging, it is not yet clear how optimism affects health: "This study tests one possible explanation, and assesses whether people who are more optimistic deal with daily stress more constructively, therefore have better emotional well-being," Lee explained.
In the new study, the team followed 233 men over 24 years. At the start of the study in 1986, men completed a questionnaire to assess their levels of optimism. Then, from 2002 to 2010, the men were questioned again on a maximum of three occasions about their daily stress and mood on eight consecutive evenings.
The results revealed that the more optimistic men not only reported a lower negative mood, but also showed a more positive mood.
They also reported lower stress, which was unrelated to their higher positive moods, but lower levels of negative moods.
In their study, results from a sample of older men suggest that optimism may be associated with more favorable emotional well-being in later life through differences in exposure to psychological rather than emotional stress. Emotional well-being among older adults by engaging in emotion regulation strategies that occur relatively early in the emotion generation process.
And while the study focused on older men, the researchers believe the findings are likely to apply to older women, too.
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