There are many benefits to keeping a positive mindset. One of them may be longevity.
According to Blue Zone investigations, after interviewing 300+ centenarians for Blue Zones, “there wasn’t a grump in the bunch.” It seems learning how to be likable, being interesting and interested, developing empathy and showing your generosity is more important to longevity than taking your vitamins.
In fact, another study on nuns showed that nuns who maintained a positive attitude, lived at least 10 years longer than their peers. (The Nun Study)
What are some other benefits to staying positive? Here are 10 as compiled by Jon Gordon:
1. Positive work environments will outperform negative work environments.
2. Positive, optimistic sales people sell more than pessimistic sales people.
3. Positive leaders are able to make better decisions under pressure.
4. Marriages are much more likely to succeed when the couple experiences a 5 to 1 ratio of positive to negative interactions whereas when the ratio approaches 1 to 1, marriages are more likely to end in divorce.
5. Positive people who regularly express positive emotions are more resilient when facing stress, challenges and adversity.
6. Positive people are able to maintain a broader perspective and see the big picture which helps them identify solutions where as negative people maintain a narrower perspective and tend to focus on problems.
7. Positive thoughts and emotions counter the negative effects of stress. For example, you can’t be thankful and stressed at the same time.
8. Positive emotions such as gratitude and appreciation help athletes perform at a higher level.
9. Positive people have more friends which is a key factor of happiness and longevity.
10. Positive and popular leaders are more likely to garner the support of others and receive pay raises and promotions and achieve greater success.
Back to the positivity/longevity connection, Natural World News recently reported that positive attitudes help boost the immune system, which leads to a longer, healthier life.
From Natural World News:
“Despite the fact that people often think of late life as a period of doom and gloom, older people are often more positive than younger people,” Dr Elise Kalokerinos, from UQ’s School of Psychology. “Our research suggests that this focus on the positive may help older people protect their declining health.”
The study is published in the journal Psychology and Aging.
Previous research has shown that optimism and resilience keep old people happy, despite their deteriorating condition.
In the present study, the researchers showed participants a set of positive and negative images. The volunteers were then asked to recall the information in the pictures.
The researchers found that people who recalled more positive images had a stronger immune response than people who only focussed on negative pictures.
“Participants who recalled more positive than negative images had antibodies in their blood suggesting stronger immune systems than those of their counterparts, who did not show this positivity in memory,” Kalokerinos said in a news release. “By selectively remembering the positive, older adults seem to boost their immune functioning just when they need it the most.”
So, if you want to live a longer, healthier life, you need to keep a positive attitude. How do you accomplish that?
- Daily Affirmations
- Meditation and Prayer
- Bible Reading
- Reading Positive Uplifting Books
- Stay away from the news (if there’s anything really important, trust me, you’ll hear about it)
- Actively counteract any negative thoughts with verbal positive affirmations
Stay positive and hopefully, you will have a longer, healthier, positive and more abundant life!