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Optimism Increases Immunity

Good News! Optimism Helps Your Immune System

It goes without saying that a healthy dose of optimism can make just about any situation easier to weather, but now there's one more reason to look at the glass half-full. According to a new study, an optimistic attitude will boost your immune system. The study followed optimism and immune response among first-year law students, and tracked changes over a one-year period. Researchers found that as students became more optimistic, they showed higher immunity to foreign viruses and bacteria. And when the students weren't feeling so optimistic, their immunity dropped.

Not only will looking on the sunny side boost your mood, it's also been linked to a longer lifespans in women and increased heart health. So the next time you're feeling down, chin up! You'll be helping your health, your heart, and increasing your lifespan at the same time.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
Awesome news! I tend to be a lot more optimistic than my husband in most situations and I think that's why I'm a lot healthier than he is. Maybe it's because when I start feeling a little sick, I figure "Oh, it's probably something minor, I'll just eat more veggies and drink more water" and it usually passes pretty quickly.
jenni_po jenni_po 7 years
I think this is fantastic! Optimism is so healthy, mentally and physically, for so many reasons. I have studied that an optimistic and positive attitude can help in recovering from sickness and can help you lose weight (think thin - negativity makes you hold onto weight, literally, through irritated/stopped-up bowels and low metabolism!). Plus, it just feels better to take everything with a smile and a positive outlook. Even if things might not be the best, no harm in hoping/imagining they will be.
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