Optimism Boosts Health, Lengthens Life
Optimism Boosts Health, Lengthens Life. Positive thinking sometimes gets a bad rap; at times, skeptics scoff and even ridicule those who practice positive affirmations and mantras focused on things to be grateful about. Perhaps the skeptics haven’t heard about the studies showing that, instead of being something for woo woo eccentric New Agers, positive thinking is a fantastic tool to ensure heart health.
A study, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, demonstrated that people with the healthiest hearts are the ones who avoid negativity like the plague. (1) In what can only be described as more reason to think positive, scientific studies are proving that those with the sunniest attitudes are reaping the benefits, not only emotionally and mentally, but in ways that prolong life with better physical health. (2)
A 2012 study, published in the journal Aging, demonstrated that a positive attitude and a good sense of humor are both significant factors in longevity. Results of the study indicated that the more optimistic a person, the longer their life span. Even more interesting, they were less neurotic than their dour counterparts. (3)
Looking to decrease stress in your life?
Join the club. Really, join the positive thinking club – happy, optimistic people draw in other sunny-outlook people like a happy magnet. Stress management is far easier to obtain when you practice positive thinking. It’s a huge part of stress reduction. And if you reduce stress, you reap the benefits of better health. (4)
If you are intrigued by these studies and the links found between optimism and good health, here are some tips for how you can join the ranks of happy, healthy folks: (5)
Don’t force it. While there is some wisdom in the fake-it-til-you-make-it school of thought, trying too hard can backfire. Try taking the backdoor approach by working on relaxing. This puts you in a better position to open up to a more cheerful mindset.
Hang around positive people; avoid the negative Nellies. Socializing with happy people with healthy doses of humor can rub off on you. Their aura of joy is catching.
Write it out. While you don’t have to go so far as keeping a gratitude journal (although it’s certainly a good idea), just taking time to jot down happy thoughts and events now and then can serve as reminders of all the things around you that boost your mood and make you feel great. The more you do this, the more you will get in the hang of it. The more you get the hang of it, the easier it will be for you to join the ranks of the healthy, longer-living optimists.
If you are a cynic by nature, it’s not easy to turn on a dime. However, with some gentle, persistent practice, you can do it! Make a corny smile while you look in the mirror and say in the silliest voice you can muster: I can do it! At the very least, you will get a good laugh out of it. Remember, laughter is a huge factor in levels of happiness and optimism, and your key to a longer, healthier life.
We tend to limit health to nutritional, metabolic and exercise factors. Collectively, we haven’t quite made the connection that health is also given by who we are, how we think, what we feel and believe, how we conduct ourselves in the world. Mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual factors, what we call our outlook on life, all play a tremendous role in developing the healthiest lifestyle for optimal blood sugar control and long term success. Health is not just about what we do (diet, exercise, etc.), it’s also about who we are at the deepest place of our being. This downloadable, printable special report on Improving Your Outlook is an essential resource for your long term success. It is often overlooked, but we have found that a person’s outlook on life greatly impacts their health, and health can greatly impact a person’s outlook. This is a critical component to mastering diabetes in the healthiest way possible
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