A study in the August 2002 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports that people who expect misfortune and who only see the darker side of life don’t live as long as those with a more optimistic view.
Researchers evaluated results from a personality test taken by participants more than 30 years ago and compared them to subsequent mortality rates. They found that people who scored high on optimism had a 50 percent lower risk of premature death than those who scored more pessimistic.
Besides a lowered risk of early death, researchers found other health benefits related to positive attitude. In the study, optimists reported:
–Fewer problems with work or other daily activities because of physical or emotional health
–Less pain and fewer limitations due to pain
–Less interference from physical or emotional problems when engaging in social activities
–Feeling more peaceful, happier and calmer
(Source: Mayo Clinic, on the web at www.mayoclinic.com)