Positive thinking could lengthen your life

Promoting your own wellbeing could be the key to a longer life

A new study has found that those who describe themselves as being ‘very well’ have a lower risk of dying, compared to those who report being in a ‘poor’ state.

Researchers from the University of Zurich claim that posiitve thinking can promote healing and help you live longer.

More than 8,000 people were asked to self-rate their health and given medical check-ups in the 1970s.

Three decades later, the same participants were reassessed and scientists discovered that those who initially responded positively, where likely to outlive those who replied negatively.

The study found men describing themselves as ‘very poor’ were 3.3 times more likely to have died than those who described themselves as ‘very well’. While women were 1.9 times more likely to have died.

‘The results indicate that people who rate their state of health as excellent have attributes that improve and sustain health,’ says David Fah, from the University of Zurich.

‘These might include a positive attitude, an optimistic outlook and a fundamental level of satisfaction with one’s own life.’

Mr Fah concluded that doctors should therefore be checking which health resources their patients have and boost and consolidate them, in addition to diagnosing the presence of risk factors or disease.

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