It’s true. Credible scientific research has now confirmed the secret ingredient to a longer life.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, reporting on a study that spanned three decades, have found that optimistic people live about 19 percent longer than pessimists do. “It’s confirmed our common-sense belief,” said Toshihiko Maruta, a psychiatrist who was the lead researcher in the project. “It tells us that mind and body are integrally linked and that attitude has an impact on the final outcome, death.”
The findings came from a look at 839 people living in the Minnesota County where the Mayo Clinic is headquartered. They were among a group given a personality survey between 1982 and 1985, which detected how people habitually explain the causes of life’s events and then classified them as optimists, pessimists, or a mixture of both.
In looking at the test subjects 30 years later and comparing them against their expected survival rates, the researchers found that those classified as “optimists” had a significantly better survival rate, while there was a 19 percent increase in the risk of death for pessimists.
The report, published in the February 2010 issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, did not try to explain why a positive attitude was equated with longevity. It simply said that optimists may be less likely to develop depression and helplessness, or they might be more positive in seeking medical help and taking care of themselves—with less fatalistic thinking about their own health.
Martin Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, said pessimism is identifiable very early in life, and can be changed. He said it might be possible to put people into programs to change their way of thinking and actually lower their risks of physical illness.
Author:Salvatore Defrisco Phone: 561-644-0052 Dated: April 12th 2016 Views: 310 About Salvatore: ...
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