How Being Optimistic Can Actually Help You Live Longer

There’s something to be said for looking at the bright side.

In 2019 Boston University researchers found evidence that suggests optimistic people live longer than pessimists—and those who scored higher on an optimism assessment were more likely to live past the age of 85. This echoes results from a study ending in 2004 that found people with higher optimism levels at the start of the study were more likely to be physically active and less likely to have health conditions, but even when looking beyond those factors, there was still a link between optimism and a longer life span.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine found that people with a family history of heart disease who had a positive outlook were one-third less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event within five to 25 years compared to those with a more negative outlook. The finding held even in people with family history who had the most risk factors for coronary artery disease. What’s not clear is if an optimistic outlook facilitates more healthy habits, or vice versa. Whatever the case, it seems there’s something to be gained from having a positive outlook, which can be achieved by doing simple things such as going outside, scheduling Zoom calls with loved ones or even scheduling other daily activities—you could also try keeping a gratitude journal.  (Yahoo