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A Positive Outlook Can Prolong Your Life

A positive outlook can prolong your life.

That is not just an empty promise or a New Age belief. That has been proven true by science. Yes, staying positive does not only make your life better, your burdens lighter, it could also prolong your life. And science can back that up.

A positive outlook can prolong your life

Studies show that people who keeps an optimistic attitude outlives those who have a negative take in life.

According to Dr Eric Kim of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, “When comparing the most optimistic to the least optimistic women, people had a reduced risk of dying from cancer, infection, stroke, heart disease and lung disease.”

Another study shows having a positive outlook can add 7.5 years to your life.

Here’s what science has to say about negative attitude or feelings:

Having a positive outlook means a person has better coping skills in life, and is more determined to improve his life. He has a tendency to take better care of his health and make better choices deliberately.

  • Hopelessness causes lung problems.
  • Rigidity causes migraine.
  • Anger causes insomnia.
  • Aggressiveness causes gastric ulcers.
  • Anxiety causes digestive problems and skin problems.

The number one cause of death according to World Health Organization is heart disease—mostly related or caused by stress.

Stress is inevitable in life. But it is our attitude or response towards stress that will determine what kind of life we live.

We can go through life facing stress and miserable, or we can deal with life and all that comes with it with optimism.

The choice we make will determine the quality of life we live.

Indeed choosing light over darkness can make a major impact in life. It will not only turn your life around improve everything, from your health, your relationships with the people around you, how you do your job and how you work on what’s been given to you—it can also add years to your life.

Having a positive outlook can prolong your life. It’s an unspoken law of the universe that we need to keep and follow.

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  1. Vishal Bheeroo Vishal Bheeroo November 15, 2019

    Positive outlook beating stress is a must in today’s modern and busy living. Someone told me listen to body signals and respond positively. Why we hardly read signs, provoked by stressful living and making the changes.

  2. Parul Thakur Parul Thakur November 14, 2019

    Couldn’t agree more. I also think that a positive outlook can be worked upon. It takes time to train the mind to think in a certain way and if people can do that, it gets so much better.
    I wish more people try to adapt to a positive outlook in life.
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  3. Dee | Grammy's Grid Dee | Grammy's Grid November 14, 2019

    HI! I don’t know if my Short Story Link Party is appropriate for your party so I didn’t linkup but I invite you to linkup with me! It is a creative writing exercise for fun and without a lot of editing. Just start typing and see what you come up with! Remember, no story is too short! See the party on my site for the current prompt 🙂

  4. Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair November 13, 2019

    Step 1: Remove toxic friends from your life.
    Automatically your life will become positive.
    I have so many stress related symptoms that I can be used as a specimen for this post! Looks like I chose the right time to make some changes in my life. I need to learn to be more positive. I am getting there… slowly…
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  5. Unishta Unishta November 13, 2019

    My credo exactly. Besides I believe that positivity attracts more positivity so I keep smiling no matter what
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  6. Natasha Natasha November 13, 2019

    Yes, that mind can really play a major role in determining our well-being.
    When we are angry, sad or anxious, ne does tend to feel more fatigued and exhausted, versus when we are feeling optimistic and happy.

    I can totally relate to how having a positive attitude can be instrumental in a longer life span. And more than the life span, it’s how staying positive and looking out for the good things helps us lead a more richer life. 🙂

    Think more people need to know this.

    Thanks for this post and reminder, Cory.

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