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How optimism may help you live longer
by Ashley Welch

CBS News    Translate This Article
7 December 2016

On 7 December 2016 CBS News reported: Having an optimistic outlook on life may do more than just boost your mood. It may actually help you live longer, according to new research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that women who were optimistic had a significantly lower risk of dying from several major diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory disease, compared to other women whose outlook on life was less positive. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

The authors point out that since the study was only done in women, who were mainly white, the results might not be generalizable to other populations. However, they note, 'there is no clear basis for believing that the effects of optimism on health differ by sex or race.'

Finally, the researchers emphasize that while some people may think they're just not optimistic, it is something that is modifiable. They suggested a number of steps people can take to improve their level of optimism. . . .

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