Will becoming more optimistic lead to increased health benefits? Researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health seem to think so.
In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology1 researchers found that optimists may live longer than those who choose to look on the dark side. In fact, individuals with hopeful dispositions may be roughly 30 percent less likely to die early from cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection.1
Theories of how optimism reduces the risk of certain diseases:
- Optimists are more likely to make healthier choices.
- Optimists are motivated to exercise regularly and consume a healthy diet.
- The immune response of optimists is generally stronger than among pessimists.
- Optimists have a stronger social network and social support.
- Optimists may have better stress-coping mechanisms.
Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” There’s no denying that it can be hard to stay optimistic in certain situations, but try to look on the bright side.
You might want to write down what a good outcome might look like. Actively creating positive outlooks can boost the immune system and help reduce depression. Sometimes all it takes is to be that person who offers a positive push, a smile, or a can-do attitude.
Here are 10 ways to become more optimistic:
- First, make the choice to be happy.
- Think only positive thoughts.
- Focus on solutions, not on problems.
- Call a friend or find a distraction.
- Find an improvement to the current situation.
- Minimize obstacles to success.
- Pat yourself on the back, daily.
- Exercise your mind and body.
- Count your blessings.
You can also consume Goyin balancing blend, a drink which can help your body deal with everyday stressors. GoYin contains a proprietary blend of superfruits, herbs, and other fruits that have been traditionally used to help bring the body into balance and enhance overall feelings of well-being.*
What I’ve suggested may be challenging, but being more hopeful is integral to creating a healthier, happier you.
Think positive and make this a season of hope!