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 added to knowledge about how optimism can promote good health with People who are aging". However, despite 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 and therefore have better emotional well-being," Lee explained.
in this study, from 2002 to 2010, 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 were noticed.
In their study, published in Gerontology: Series B, the researchers wrote: “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,
While the study focused on older men, the researchers believe the findings are likely to apply to older women, too.
Source News : Daily Mail - Published: 10.03.2022 - https://ar.rt.com/sk4n