Outlook and emotions have both short and long-term impacts on health and well being.
When the snow flies, optimists find sleds. Mayo Clinic research has found that not only do optimists see the positive side to situations they actually live longer.The Mayo Clinic routinely takes a battery of psychological tests as well as physical tests on patients. This battery includes assessment on an Optimism-Pessimism scale. In 2000, researchers went back 40 years to identify 839 consecutive patients admitted. When they compared the death records they found that for every 10 point increase in pessimism, there was a 19 percent higher risk of premature death.We can’t avoid negative situations and emotions but we can keep them from eroding our well being. People who flourish in the face of adversity have a positive emotion ratio. Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson sampled emotions throughout the day and discovered that the tipping point for flourishing was having 3 times as many positive emotions than negative emotions.Want to know how to increase your positivity ratio? Download our paper Everyday Ways for a Rich and Extended Life.