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Why do positive people live longer?

Most people assume that positive thinking is just something that we do to help achieve our goals, or even to get through difficult times. But a host of exciting research has shown that attitude affects our health – so much so, in fact, that a positive attitude can add years to our lives.

A 30-year study of 447 people at the Mayo Clinic found that optimists had around a 50-percent lower risk of early death than pessimists. The studyΓÇÖs conclusion: “Mind and body are linked and attitude has an impact on the final outcome – death.”

This was further compounded in a Dutch study that examined the attitudes and longevity of 999 people over the age of 65. The study reported a “protective relationship” between optimism and mortality. People with a positive attitude, quite simply lived longer. They even had a 77-percent lower risk of heart disease than pessimists.

So why do positive people live longer? Scientists say it is because they get less stressed in day-to-day life. When something doesnΓÇÖt quite go to plan, a person with a positive attitude might just deal with it, typically refocus, or even look for another solution. But a person with a negative attitude will typically complain more, get angry or frustrated, and expend a lot of energy going over and over in their heads what has happened and how much it is a real inconvenience for them.

Inside the body, the difference between positive and negative people is stress. Regular stress causes inflammation. It plays a key role in wound-healing but inflammation also occurs on the inside of the body. It is a side effect of too much stress and/or poor lifestyle choices. It has a hand in most known diseases, most typically heart disease. It even speeds up aging.

* So a negative attitude, because it causes stress and inflammation, can speed up aging. This is likely why positive people live longer.
Source: Vaal Weekblad