Association Between Higher Optimism and Longer Life Span
HealthGeekss | Sept 2,2019
Researchers stressed that people who have higher optimism tends to live longer, can you imagine highly optimistic people live until 80 years or more?
This new research focused to assess life span based on non-biological factors despite biomedical factors.
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According to Lewina O. Lee, author of study and her colleagues, optimism is the general expectation that good things will surely happen and future will be glowing as we can control outcomes.
For the research, team analyzed the data of 69,744 females in the Nurses Health study(NHS) and 1450 males in the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study(NAS).
The NHS reviewed the participants for 10 years between 2004 and 2014, while NAS examined the participants for 30 years between 1986 and 2016.
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During the period, participants were asked to complete health surveys that included, alcohol intake, smoking, age, education, depression, and any chronic disease.
At the start of examine period, participants filled a questionnaire based on optimism. Both projects included different questions on optimism.
One of the six questions on optimism was based on the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with title ” Overall i expect more good things happen to me than bad”.
In the conclusion, researchers concluded that male and female both with higher level of optimism at the start of follow up period live 11-15% longer than lower level of optimism.Additionally, male and female are 50-70% more likely to live until 85 and more.
Two main factors such as physically active and not smoking in which higher optimism people are engaged. These two factors can lengthen lifespan.
People who are more able to regulate their motions effectively have longer life because they can recover from stress quickly.
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