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Optimism and Women’s Health

We likely all know and admire women who are unfailingly optimistic ~ no matter the situation! Talking with them or being in their presence never fails to uplift our moods. Now research shows that if you are an optimistic woman, and help others look on the bright side, you may be supporting your health and theirs in a very powerful way.

The big takeaway is that optimistic women are likely to live longer than their pessimistic peers. Optimism has been associated with lower risk of premature death from heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, cancer, and infections. Further, while most health professionals focus on reducing risk factors for all disease, this same research shows that enhanced psychological resilience may be every bit as helpful as reducing physical risk factors!

In a nutshell, we should make efforts to boost our optimism, as it is associated with healthier behaviors and healthier ways of dealing with challenging life situations.

But what if you are a more ‘glass half empty’ sort of person? What can you do to change your outlook? Something as simple and low cost as writing down and thinking about the best possible outcomes for specific areas of your life (career/friendships/relationships) can make a huge difference!

Do a little shopping, either online or at your favorite bookstore. Grab a journal that appeals to you and says ‘write in me!’ on a daily basis. You are on your way to a healthier, more optimistic future!!

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