Brighter Outlook On Aging May Buffer Against Physical Effects Of Stress

It’s worth being optimistic about aging.

Oregon State University researchers found that older adults with a dim outlook on aging tended to report more physical health symptoms on days when they were stressed out than on less stressful days.

By contrast, those who had more of a “golden years” perspective seemed to have some protection against daily stress and actually reported fewer health problems on days where they felt more stressed than usual.

This echoes previous findings that show when people habitually feel stressed-out, they may eat poorly, skip exercise and have long-term consequences like high blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease.