Positive might live longer than thinkers. This is according to studies into the of Americans. Boston University looked at on 70,000 female nurses and 1,500 male veterans. They found that people who were optimists (people who thought ) were more likely to live to the of 85. People who were more pessimistic (those who thought negatively) were 11-15 per cent likely to live to 85. Researchers say optimists (positive thinkers) manage more easily than pessimists (negative thinkers).
Participants in the studies answered that assessed their , exercise, levels of optimism, and how they smoked and drank. The surveys matched these levels with levels of health. A professor said: "Our findings speak to the that raising levels of optimism may promote and healthy ageing." Her for pessimists who might want to live was to, "imagine a future in which has turned out well". She urged people to be more optimistic. She said it was healthier to look on the bright of life.