Optimism or Lifestyle?
Recent research is attempting to examine how a positive attitude can positively impact your health. The challenge is to separate raw optimism from the impact of a healthy lifestyle, which is often associated with people who are optimistic.
In a study of almost 1,000 men and women, researchers found that “optimism was associated with greater carotenoid (antioxidant) concentrations, and this association was partially explained by diet and smoking status. The direction of effects cannot be conclusively determined. Effects may be bidirectional given that optimists are likely to engage in health behaviors associated with more serum antioxidants, and more serum antioxidants are likely associated with better physical health that enhances optimism.”
It pays to be optimistic.