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The Science of Psychoneuroimmunology — How Your Psychological States Influence Your Immune Function

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  • Connections between your nervous system and immune system allow for crosstalk between them. The science that studies this is psychoneuroimmunology
  • Pessimism promotes ill health and can shave years off your life; the tendency to always expect the worst has been linked to a 25 percent higher risk of dying before the age of 65
  • Sociable, outgoing people tend to have stronger immune function, and happiness, optimism, life satisfaction, and other positive psychological attributes are associated with a lower risk of heart disease

By Dr. Mercola

Many studies support the belief that having an upbeat and positive attitude will translate into living a longer, healthier life, and conversely, that a pessimistic outlook promotes ill health and can shave years off your life.


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