Can a positive outlook help me be healthier and live longer?

Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
Experts in the field of positive psychology consider questions of happiness, vitality, and meaning worthy of serious scientific research—as well they should, since these issues affect our quality of life and well-being. A sunny, unflappable disposition is a plus, but it's not the price of an entry ticket to all that's good in life. Indeed, a growing body of research is finding that it's possible to nurture qualities like optimism even in people who lean toward pessimism, heighten fleeting feelings of happiness by savoring them, and find joy through expressing gratitude and helping others. By doing so, some studies suggest you stand to gain a longer life and better health by some measures, such as lower risks for hypertension and diabetes.

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