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Positive thinkers are more [likely / liked] to live longer than negative thinkers. This is according [at / to] a combination of studies conducted [by / as] the Boston University School of Medicine into the [healthy / health] of people in the USA. Researchers looked at [data / dates] on the health of 70,000 female nurses and 1,500 male [militia / military] veterans. They discovered that people who were optimists (people who thought positively) were more likely to live to the [old / age] of 85. They said people who were more [pessimistic / pessimism] (those who thought negatively) were 11-15 per cent less likely to live to that age. The researchers [believe / belief] that optimists (positive thinkers) found it easier to manage [stressful / stress] than pessimists (negative thinkers).

[Participants / Participates] in the two studies answered questions in a survey. The questions [accessed / assessed] their levels of optimism. The surveys matched these [levels / level] with the participants' [overall / overalls] level of health. They were also asked about their levels of exercise, their diets, [was / as] well as how much they smoked and drank. Professor Lewina Lee said: "Our findings speak to the [possible / possibility] that raising levels of optimism may promote longevity and healthy ageing." She had some [advice / advise] for pessimists who might want to live longer. The advice was to, "imagine a future in which everything has turned [in / out] well". She urged people to increase levels of optimism. She said it was healthier for people to look on the [brightly / bright] side of [life / live] .

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