Skip to main content

Stunning Health Benefits of Optimism

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian of high intellect and spirituality, rightly said, “The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope, where others have resigned. It enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy”.

Being optimistic works wonders for your health. Here are five scientifically proven health benefits you reap for this amazing quality.

Promotes cardiovascular health
A recent research study, which had 5000 participants, found that the most optimistic people had twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health than their pessimistic counterparts.

Scientists found that active-minded people had better blood sugar and total cholesterol levels appreciably than the depressed people. They worked out a lot, were less likely to smoke and had healthier body mass indices.

An earlier study points out that the most optimistic people had a 50 % reduced risk of experiencing an initial cardiovascular event than their pessimistic peers. They say a sense of well-being helps them to eat a balanced diet, exercise and get sufficient sleep. I think these are the cornerstones for sculpting a healthy body.

Additionally, the positive people had better biological functions such as lower blood pressure, healthier blood fat profiles and healthy body weight. That’s like a million dollar jackpot you get just for thinking good about your future.

Boosts your immunity
Little acts of kindness and being thankful increase our optimism and well-being. The relationship between optimism and cell-mediated immunity, which plays a major role in protecting against viral infections, was examined in a study of 125 law students. The scientists found that the students, who believed they would be successful and felt more positive emotions, had increased cell-mediated immunity than their less optimistic counterparts. A sunny outlook can boost your immune system’s ability to ward off viral infections.

Lowers pain
Wow! This thinking is new to me. Researchers conducted a study with 79 students, and they participated in the Cold Pressor Task (CPT). This process involves keeping the hand in cold water; a stimulus produces a moderate pain. It can be mild to moderate, and the person voluntarily withdraws the hand.

 Before the CPT half of the students received induced optimism while the others were given controlled manipulation. The students who had induced optimism experienced low levels of pain than their counterparts. Amazing is it not?

Lowers the risk of stroke
The study authors say that people who are optimistic expect the best things in life and take care to promote their health. The researchers looked into the stroke and psychological survey data of 22, 000 Americans ages 50 and over every two years. They specifically concentrated on 6,044 adults who did not experience a stroke at the start of the study. The optimism levels were measured using Modified Life Orientation Test relying on a 16 point scale.

The results showed that with every point increase in optimism, there was a decrease in acute stroke risk over the two year period. Optimism seemed to have a swift impact on stroke, and it protected against stroke above and beyond negative psychological factors. This optimism is as good as it gets!

Boosts your survival rate and overall health
It is not rocket science to believe that positive people tend to live longer. Researchers found that optimism helps you to remain healthy for the long haul. As I said earlier, active people exercise, follow a healthy diet, take their vitamins and sleep well.

An American study evaluated 839 individuals in the early 1960’s on optimism and pessimism, and they had a complete medical evaluation. When the people were checked 30 years later, the researchers found that optimism was linked to longevity.

Researchers looked at 6,959 students when they entered University in the mid-1960’s. They found that pessimism took a heavy toll on the health and the most pessimistic persons had 42% higher rate of death than their positive counterparts. That’s a stunning find!

Pass it on
As humans, we tend to have a short supply of optimism when life throws some tough situations at us. But if we have the habit of filling our jar of optimism from the ever flowing river of optimism, that is the Creator of Universe; the jar will not become empty for the long journey you have to traverse on this earth. So enjoy the sunshine and lead a healthy life.


Popular posts from this blog

Facial Exercises - The Secret to a Youthful Face

Facial exercises are hailed as a non-invasive alternative to Botox and surgery. You can take years off your face by just doing some facial exercises. Yep and this fact has a strong scientific backing to it. 
Facial exercises may improve facial appearance and reduce some visible signs of aging says a recently published research study.
"Assuming the findings are confirmed in a larger study, individuals now have a low-cost, non-toxic way for looking younger or to augment other cosmetic or anti-aging treatments they may be seeking," says lead author Dr. Murad Alam, vice chair and professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Northwestern Medicine dermatologist.
When you perform facial exercises, they enlarge and strengthen your facial muscles making your face more toned and younger looking. ‘The exercises work the hypodermis or the lower layer of the skin, the dermis or the middle layer and the epidermis or the upper layer.

‘By working all the…

Amazing Health Benefits of Purslane (Luni- Bhaji)

Purslane is heavily loaded with nutrients and it is excellent for your health. Believe me, I did not know this truth. While I am shopping, I will pick all other greens and did not mind about this wonderful leafy vegetable.
Then the other day I read about Purslane in Authority Nutrition. I felt so bad that I have missed such a wealth of nutrients till now. But not anymore. So if you want to know more about this Purslane then read the entire post.
The North Indians called it Luni-bhaji. It seems that Gandhiji ate it and named it Luni. Though it had its origins in India. It is famous the world over. This leafy vegetable has a sour and salty taste.
Purslane has a wealth of nutrients waiting for you to consume them. It has the following nutrients. ØEPA ØVitamin A ØVitamin E ØVitamin B ØCalcium ØPotassium ØIron ØOmega 3 fatty acids ØVitamin C ØNiacin ØPyridoxine ØRiboflavin ØCarotenoids The other amazing facts about Purslane include ØThey are very low in calories ØRich in dietary fiber Ø

All You Need to Know About the Dangers of Talc for Your Baby

If you use talcum powder for your baby, then take a few minutes to read this article. Talcum powder is a mineral based product made up of elements like silicon, magnesium, and oxygen. It absorbs moisture pretty quickly and helps to cut down on friction. 
Mothers use it to keep their babies’ bottom dry and rash free. So far so good. But health experts warn you about the dangers of talc for your baby. 
The American Academy of Paediatrics advises that talcum powder can cause breathing trouble and severe lung damage for babies if your baby inhales the particles. Talc powders contain minute granules which can quickly pass through your babies’ airways.
If your baby inhales the tiny particles, it can lead to lung irritation and respiratory distress. Even asbestos free talcum powder can irritate and inflame your baby’s nasal airways.
The results can be more drastic if your baby is at high risk of respiratory illness. The high risk includes premature babies, babies who've had many respiratory …