Dedicated to All the Good Women in the World, Living and The Departed
by Byron M. Vidal
Optimistic Women May Live Longer—-Reuters
Women who have a sunny outlook on life may live longer than their peers who take a dimmer view of the world, a recent study suggests.
Research analyzed data collected over eight years on about 70,000 women and found that the most optimistic people were significantly less likely to die from cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, or infections during the study period than the least optimistic.
“Optimistic people tend to act in healthier ways ( i.e, more exercise, healthier diets, higher quality sleep, etc.), which reduces one’s risk of death,” said one of the study’s lead authors, Kaitlin Hagan, a public health researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University in Boston.
“Optimism may also have a direct impact on our biological functioning,” Hagan added by email. “Other studies have shown that higher optimism is linked with lower inflammation, healthier lipid levels and HIGHER ANTIOXIDANTS.”