There is much profit of positive thinking, including stress reduction, improved immunity, and a lower risk for heart disease. But did you know that positive thinking can actually make you live longer?
Here’s what research shows about positive thinking and aging, and what you can do to reap the rewards.
No one knows for sure why a positive attitude seems to lead to a longer life. Researchers believe that positive thinking about aging can raise a person’s will to live, making him or her more resilient to illness and more proactive about health. Another explanation is that the mental stress of aging is lower for people who have a positive attitude. Positive thinking and stress reduction have also been linked.
Research shows that how you perceive aging affects how long you will live. This effect remained after other factors such as age, gender, income, loneliness, and health status were controlled.
Look Forward to Aging
Research on the topic has found that people who look forward to aging while they are young, rather than dreading growing old, have a greater chance of living longer. That’s because adjusting your perception of aging while you’re still young improve your positive outlook and can have a tremendous effect on your life expectancy.
Find Insight as You Age
What’s so great about aging? Good question. Our society prizes youth and beauty above all. Messages about aging tend to emphasize the negative aspects. But, like fine wine, people should get better as they age. Experience, combined with maturity, gives older people great insight. Older people are more in touch with spirituality and prioritize depth in their life. By following an easy, healthy lifestyle you can preserve your health and energy your whole life.