Optimists may have longer lives, according to the results of a long-term study.
Researchers followed nearly 7,000 adults over a period of 40 years, and found that those who were optimistic in their youth, as judged by a standard personality test, had a lower risk of dying during that period.
On average, the most pessimistic study participants were 42 percent more likely to die of any cause.
A number of past studies have also linked optimism to longer life. This could be the result of a number of factors, including a lower incidence of depression and possibly a healthier lifestyle.
Just as negative emotions can contribute to back pain and other problems, there's evidence they can actually shorten your life. Not surprising, as positive emotions also make a difference in your blood pressure readings and your ability to heal.
An interesting factoid about the study:
Even though personality tests taken at the time showed most students scored somewhere in the middle between optimism and negativity, almost twice as many patients were judged to be pessimists (1,630) as were judged to be optimists (923).
Unfortunately, though conventional medicine appreciates the influence of negative emotions on your health, they have done a masterful job of offering ineffective and potentially toxic band aids that in no way actually treat the underlying cause.
For example, while many physicians understand depression is a problem, they choose to use toxic antidepressants to try to solve it, even though taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants, may increase the risk of suicide.
One simple way to treat the negative emotions that can harm you and your family without a drug: Learn how to use an energy psychology tool like the Emotional Freedom Technique, used daily in my practice. There are many other effective energy tools as well, and I would encourage you to try a few and see which ones you are comfortable with. They are far more likely to quickly and permanently resolve the cause of the negative emotions.
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