Will a Positive Attitude Help your Health and Life Expectancy?

It appears a positive attitude and outlook can help you not only live longer, but be healthier according to an article published in the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Researchers are asking if positive people live longer as they explore a new aspect of public health: documenting and understanding the link between positive emotions and good health.

Keys to a happier, healthier lifeResearch suggests that certain personal attributes—whether inborn or shaped by positive life circumstances—help some people avoid or healthfully manage diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and depression. These include:
Emotional vitality: a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement
Optimism: the perspective that good things will happen, and that one’s actions account for the good things that occur in life
Supportive networks of family and friends
Being good at “self-regulation,” i.e. bouncing back from stressful challenges and knowing that things will eventually look up again; choosing healthy behaviors such as physical activity and eating well; and avoiding risky behaviors such as unsafe sex, drinking alcohol to excess, and regular overeating

It is a very interesting concept. Let us know what you think.

Ms. Jenn Landers | Patient Advocate Alliance LLC
Edited by Dr. Justin Groode