How does optimistic thinking impact healthspan and lifespan?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 19, 2022

Could being optimistic help you live a longer, healthy life? Research shows that optimism improves healthspan and lifespan.

Study Summary

A 2019 study linked optimistic thinking to an 11–15% increase in lifespan and stronger odds of living to age 85 or older.

Harvard researchers also associated optimism with reduced risk of developing chronic disease and premature death.

Optimistic individuals have better capacity to regulate emotions and behavior, potentially leadingto greater resilience to stressors and improved health outcomes.

The Hearty Take

At Hearty, we believe that optimism can be practiced through various techniques. Practice “positive reframing,” by seeing a negative situation in a positive light. Practice gratitude: gratitude journaling is linked to greater feelings of optimism. Lastly, surround yourself with optimistic people!

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