A new scientific study by researchers from Israel confirms the findings of previous studies on the topic, which argue that optimism is associated with improved physical and mental health and, accordingly, with increased opportunities and life expectancy.
Older adults who are optimistic and inclined to see the bright side of things tend to live longer, new research data show.
A group of researchers from the University of Jerusalem (Εβραϊκού Πανεπιστημίου), led by Professor Johann Stesman, director of the Institute of Aging, published an article in the Journal of Gerontology. The report says scientists have conducted observations of 1,200 people born in 1920-1922, their skills, as well as the level of anxiety and optimism.
A clear correlation was found between greater optimism and longer life expectancy. People between 85 and 90 years old with high optimism have an average of 20% higher chances of survival, while those over 90 have increased this percentage to 25%.
“Our results show that optimism has a positive effect on longevity, while other studies have already shown that it improves health, for example, our immune system, by reducing risk factors for hypertension, heart disease and possibly even cancer.” said Mr. Joram Maaravi, adding: “Optimism should not be seen as a trait we are born with, but as something that we can develop. It is important that we look for ways to increase our optimism because it is clearer than ever that it can help people at all stages of their lives. ”