Cameron Glover
December 08, 2016 4:06 pm

Optimism may not come naturally to some, but pushing yourself to see the glass as half-full will do more than change your outlook on life. According to a new study, optimism can positively affect your lifespan, helping you to live longer. Knowing that optimism can have a strong impact on your health might be enough to help you look on the sunny side.

The study was conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. It examined how optimism affected the health of the subjects.

It was found that women who were more optimistic had a significantly lower risk of dying from major diseases like cancer and heart disease, compared to their peers who were more pessimistic.


Kaitlin Hagan, co-lead of the study and postdoctoral research fellow, had this to say on the topic:

So for your health, it may pay off to start seeing things a little more optimistically. Give it a try!