Some findings about folks who look on the sunny side:
- They’re less susceptible to heart disease.
- Their blood pressure is typically five points lower than other people’s.
- They live, on average, more than nine years longer than the rest of us.
More reasons to be an optimist:
- Among people with similar medical conditions, those who feel healthier live longer.
- Optimism is an action, not a state of mind. You can probably guess that optimists move around more, eat better and smoke less.
- Happiness comes and goes, but optimism means steadily working toward a better future.
— Adapted from “Why It’s Smart to Be Optimistic,” Meryl Davids Landau, Reader’s Digest