The powers the mind yields cannot be overlooked. Phenomena such as the placebo effect or the Pygmalion effect are baffling, to say the least. Studies have now shown that having a positive outlook on life has an impressive impact on mental and physical health. People who stay optimistic in the course of their lives, even when faced with despair, achieve more and live longer lives than pessimistic people. They are even better suited to survive chronic life-threatening diseases such as cancer and have a superior quality of life. So, let’s take a look at how optimism affects your health and life.
Stress is how your body reacts to mental and emotional pressure. Stress can act as a motivator to achieve certain expectations. However, when the stress is not managed, it is detrimental to your health and well-being. There are many health conditions associated with stress such as high blood pressure, heart complications, insomnia, fertility problems and the list goes on. Optimistic people are able to properly manage stress and avoid its effects.
Improved Social Life
We are social animals. We all love to hang-out with that one person who is always in a good mood and always lightens up the crowd he/she engages with. Such a person is usually optimistic and is able to make many social connections. Having a good relationship with other people has many advantages in the long-run.
Improved Immune System
Research has shown that there is a correlation between optimism and the strength of the immune system. When optimism is high, cell-mediated immunity response is strengthened and vice versa. A strong immune system equals a healthier life.
Optimistic people are usually self-motivated. They believe in themselves and in their abilities. When one is motivated, he/she is determined to execute duties to the best of their abilities. Pessimistic people are usually less motivated to perform productively.
We are all bound to have some low moments in our lives. However, how we handle those moments can make or break us. For the sake of our health and wellbeing, it is our responsibility to remain positive always and have hope that better things are yet to come.