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Study Shows That Optimistic Women Are Healthier

Come on Get Happy! Optimistic Women Live Longer

Learned Optimism is one of the best books I've read in a while. Psychologist Martin Seligman explores how optimists — those who believe that life's setbacks are only temporary — can avoid depression, improve their health, and enjoy an overall better quality of life.

Now a new scientific study, which shows that optimistic women have a lower risk of heart disease and death, supports Seligman's argument. Taking risk factors into account, the study concluded that an optimistic attitude alone can significantly lower the risk of dying of heart disease. The research suggests that optimistic women are better at dealing with adversity and are more likely to take care of themselves when they get ill.

One of the most important lessons I took away from Seligman's book is that we can escape pessimism and, you guessed it, learn optimism. So it's never to late to embrace the idea that there's always something better around the corner. Doing so might just help you live longer!

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lemamike lemamike 8 years
my mom as she calls herself is "the eternal optimist" she is soooo healthy! almost 59 going on 40! :)
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I have never been a pessimistic person. I would definitely say I am optimistic leaning towards apathetic. I just can't seem to care too much. I know whatever happens in the future will be okay. Even if my SO died, I would be okay. It would suck if I died...but ya know, whatever.
janneth janneth 8 years
This is a hughly important concept.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
So if I have a pessimistic attitude I'll die sooner? Thank God! Kidding. Maybe I could use some optimism.
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