If you embrace optimism as a lifestyle, you know why researchers have found that optimists are sick less and live longer than pessimists.
But what exactly is optimism? The word “optimism” comes from the Latin word optimus, meaning “best,” which is what optimists look for in situations and people. They tend to believe, expect or hope that things will turn out well. You could say that both pessimists and optimists are right in that what they expect is what they tend to get.
A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that optimistic people have healthier hearts. Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, found that
“individuals with the highest levels of optimism were twice as likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health than their more pessimistic peers.”
It might be time to rethink what we believe, expect or hope in situations or people.
Read more about the study at this link.
Study (link is external), “Optimism and Cardiovascular Health: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA),” was published in the journal Health Behavior and Policy Review.
Source: Psychology Today.
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