When referring to health, experts often talk about the importance of nutrition and exercise as key components to longevity and health. While this is 100% true, what is not talked about enough in health outcomes is the role of the mind and the way we see things in our lives. Research is showing that optimists live longer, healthier, and with greater overall well-being than pessimists. Pessimists will have a higher number of disabilities, more depression, and live a lower overall functioning life than optimists as they age. Check this out:
To see if optimism predicts longevity, scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, selected 839 consecutive patients who referred themselves for medical care forty years ago. (On admission, Mayo Clinic patients routinely take a battery of psychological as well as physical tests, and one of these is a test of the trait of optimism.) Of these patients, 200 had died by the year 2000, and optimists had 19 percent greater longevity, in terms of their expected life span, compared to that of the pessimists.
Seligman, Martin E. P.. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment (Kindle Locations 250-252). Free Press. Kindle Edition.
If you struggle with seeing things through a negative lens, I understand because I did it for years. Maybe things have occurred in your life that has helped you to cultivate a pessimistic viewpoint. For your own health however, please try to see the good things in your life and know that you have the strength to overcome and/or deal with things when you are challenged. For years I thought that life was picking on me and that I was alone. But everyone has challenges, setbacks, and struggles. How you deal with it will matter to your health, happiness, and wellbeing as you age. Start with today. See the good. Help someone else. Focus on how you can be successful. BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!