OPTIMISM PROLONGS LIFE
Optimism isn’t just good, it’s good for you, scientists have found. Researchers in Boston were able to identify how optimistic patients were, and to separate this trait from others that are known to influence health and longevity, such as socioeconomic status. And yep, the optimists lived longer. It’s not that bad things never happen to optimists, but that they are able to bounce back more readily, a trait known as resilience, NPR reported. The best part of the finding is that patients can be taught to consciously alter their outlook when a negative mindset begins to take hold, the researchers said.