Optimism and having a positive attitude make you live longer, according to a study by the School of Public Health at Harvard University. Positive feelings protect overall health, are associated with a lower risk of disease outbreaks, and prolong life expectancy. Negative feelings, such as anger and stress, contribute to health problems.
The Harvard School of Public Health Study found that women, in particular, who are optimistic, have a significantly lower risk of death due to causes such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, compared to less optimistic women. An older research study by Israel’s Ben Gurion University has shown that happy, optimistic women may face a 25% lower risk of developing breast cancer.
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