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Optimism Linked to Better Health

follow throughAn optimistic outlook on life is a beneficial viewpoint to adopt for many reasons.

For starters, your every single day will be sweetened with the ability to see the positive aspect of any given situation. If every situation, and every day, is better because of your ability to see the positive, that obviously means your entire life will be affected and changed for the best.

It is known that those who are predominantly optimistic tend to take better care of themselves physically, have better hygiene, and eat healthier meals. If you’re living life in a positive way, why would you feel the need to neglect yourself, right?

But what if I told you that not only is being optimistic good for your mental health, but your physical health as well?
According to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, it is!

“The conclusions come from a national survey by the U.S. National Institute of Aging. Ms. Katerina Gawronski, the study’s first author, said:

“We felt like this was an important topic to investigate and to our knowledge, it’s the first study to examine the link between optimism and cognitive impairment in older adults. We found that optimism was indeed associated with better cognitive health over time.”

Mr. Eric Kim, the study’s co-author, said:

“Therefore, optimism may be a novel and promising target for prevention and intervention strategies aimed at improving cognitive health,” according to an article titled, “The Outlook Linked To Better Judgement, Memory And Health” published by PsyBlog.

So, now when you are struggling to see the positive in a situation and you need motivation to remain optimistic, just remember that you are ultimately benefiting your mental and physical health!

References
The Outlook Linked To Better Judgement, Memory And Health – PsyBlog. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.spring.org.uk/2016/06/outlook-linked-better-judgement-memory.php

Optimism Linked to Better Health


Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.


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APA Reference
Bundrant, M. (2016). Optimism Linked to Better Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 17, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/nlp/2016/06/optimism-linked-to-better-health/

 

Last updated: 24 Jun 2016
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