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Positive Mindset as A Key Anti-Aging Strategy

7 years, 4 months ago

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Posted on Mar 25, 2011, 6 a.m.

Review of 160 published studies confirms a compelling connection between a positive state of mind and overall health and longevity.

A review of 160 published studies confirms a compelling connection between a positive state of mind and overall health and longevity. Ed Diener, from the University of Illinois (Illinois, USA), and colleagues found that subjects who reported high subjective well-being (such as life satisfaction, absence of negative emotions, optimism, and positive emotions) enjoyed better health and longer lives. As well, the   evidence associating a positive mindset and enjoyment of life to better health and longer life was stronger even than that linking obesity to reduced longevity.  Observing that: “Combined with experimental human and animal research, as well as naturalistic studies of changes of subjective well-being and physiological processes over time, the case that subjective well-being influences health and longevity in healthy populations is compelling,” the researchers submit that:” Positive feelings predict longevity and health beyond negative feelings.”

Ed Diener, Micaela Y. Chan. “Happy People Live Longer: Subjective Well-Being Contributes to Health and Longevity.”  Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2011, Pages: 1–43.

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