AmericaThe study, based on the health records of 160,000 women of all races and backgrounds, found that optimists can live longer, with a higher chance of living beyond 90.
Research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Association on June 8, shows that the factors affecting life expectancy are a healthy lifestyle, such as diet, physical activity, body mass index (BMI). BMI), smoking and drinking habits.
“Optimism is shaped by social structural factors, our research shows that the benefits of optimism are comparable across different racial and ethnic groups. We can pay more attention. This factor is taken into account when trying to prolong the life span of populations,” said Hayami Koga, a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
This isn’t the first study to show a strong link between longevity and optimism. A 2019 study found that both men and women with high levels of optimism lived 11% to 15% longer than those with less positive thinking. In fact, optimists can live to be 85 or more.
According to experts, staying positive doesn’t mean ignoring life’s stressors. However, when negative things happen, optimists rarely blame themselves. They often assume that this obstacle is only temporary. They believe they have control over their destiny, creating better opportunities in the future.
Studies show that staying positive improves overall physical health. Good spirits can regulate diet, promote exercise habits, improve heart health, immune system, lung function, and reduce risk of death.
Research on twins shows that genetics only determine about 25% of optimism. The rest depends on yourself and how each person responds to the obstacles in life. Experts point out that we can train the brain to be more active.
According to a meta-analysis of available research, one of the most effective methods for increasing optimism is called “Best Possible Self”. In it, a person will imagine a future where they have achieved all their goals in life, solved all their problems. The next step is to specifically write down what was accomplished in 15 minutes, feeling that perspective. Practicing this every day can significantly improve psychological well-being.
According to experts, writing down positive experiences and reasons to be grateful for life helps train the brain to be flexible. In a 2011 study, scientists had students practice the “Best Version of Yourself” method for 15 minutes a week for eight weeks. As a result, volunteers felt more positive for the next 6 months.
Another way to reinforce optimism is to keep a journal of your good experiences for the day (also known as a gratitude journal). Over time, focusing on the positive can reshape anyone’s outlook on life, experts say.
Some studies show that taking a certain amount of time each day to think about the things you’re grateful for helps break down the inherent negative thinking patterns and replace them with optimism and serenity. This even alleviates problem behaviors in adolescents.
Just like exercise, one needs to practice being optimistic on a regular basis to maintain a positive mindset of the brain.
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