Looking on the Bright Side Might Help You Live Past 85

By Nicole Lyn Pesce

Research shows that people with a more positive outlook also achieve ‘exceptional longevity’ 

A 60-year-old woman looking positive.  kate_sept2004/iStock

Here’s another reason to get into the habit of looking on the bright side. 

People who consider themselves optimists may be more than a third less likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study published in the JAMA Network Open medical journal

Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of data from 230,000 men and women in the U.S., Europe, Israel and Australia over 14 years. And the subjects who described themselves as optimistic experienced 35% fewer major heart complications, such as stroke, heart attack and cardiac death, than those who didn’t. What’s more, these optimists were 14% less likely to have a premature death by any cause, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia and diabetes. 

Professor Alan Rozanski, a corresponding author of the study and a cardiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, suggested that people with a more positive outlook may also be more inclined to live a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes…

This article was sourced from Market Watch.

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