Optimists live longer!
In fact, they are more likely to achieve what’s called “exceptional longevity,” which is living past the age of 85.
This is according to a study at Boston University School of Medicine, which tracked over 70,000 people.
In the study, the most optimistic people had an 11% to 15% longer lifespan
…and had a 50% to 70% greater chance of reaching 85 years old. That’s compared to people who didn’t score high on an optimism measurement scale.
Scientists still aren’t sure exactly why being optimistic is linked to a longer life but theorize that a positive attitude makes it easier to bounce back from stress.
Also, they said that optimistic people tend to have healthy habits like exercising and not smoking.
How’s that for inspiration to get out your gratitude journal and start counting all the good things that are happening in your life!? Pretty amazing, right?
You can read more about the study here:
Cheers (with a glass half full!),
Jess + Team Valeo