I am one of those people that believes we have significant control over how happy we are. If you choose to see the glass as half-empty, realize that’s your choice. You are making a decision. Choose to see the glass as half-full and your life will not only be happier, it will be healthier.
According to this article at the Huffington Post, positive people live longer than those with a more pessimistic view. Plenty of research supports the healthy/happy link:
- A study from the University of Kentucky showed increased immune function as participants’ level of optimism increased.
- People with a positive attitude got sick less often than those with a negative attitude, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University.
- Elderly folks with an optimistic view of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those with a negative view, according to a Yale study.
- And a Dutch study found that pessimists over the age of 65 had a higher risk of heart disease than those with a sunnier outlook.
There’s a lot you can do to impact your happiness and your healthiness. A positive attitude and a strong social support network are two ingredients of a happy retirement that also lead to a healthier retirement. Read more tips for a healthy retirement at my post this week at U.S. News & World Report, “Six Secrets to a Healthy Retirement.”
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