The Mindset Linked With Better Physical & Mental Health

Optimism

Previous studies suggest optimism contributes to a range of favorable physical health outcomes as well as greater success in work, school and relationships.

Now a new meta-analysis reviewing 15 studies – JAMA Network Open – examining optimism, pessimism and health also supports this relationship.

Data on 209,436 people found that compared with pessimists, people with the most optimistic outlook had a 35 percent lower risk for cardiovascular events.

Data on 188,599 participants found that optimists had a 14 percent lower risk of premature death than the most pessimistic people.

Note the studies had an average 14-year follow-up and controlled for various known health and behavioral characteristics.

It seems optimists have better health behaviors: More likely to exercise, have a better diet & there is evidence of direct biological effects — less inflammation and fewer metabolic abnormalities. – Dr. Alan Rozanski

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