Looking on the upside can improve your health
If you agree with the following statements, you are by definition an “optimist”: In times of uncertainty, I usually expect the best; overall I expect that more good things happen to me than bad; I’m always optimistic about my future. A recent study published in the Health Behavior and Policy Review tested the health of 51,000 Americans between 52 and 84-years-old and discovered that optimistic individuals were twice as likely to be in better cardiovascular health than their pessimistic counterparts. The glass-half-full crowd also displayed better results in terms of cholesterol, blood pressure, diet and kidney and liver health. But it’s not enough to just think happy thoughts. Researchers attributed the link to the fact that optimists tend to be more physically active, less overweight and fewer are smokers.