Does a positive outlook improve your health? How you perceive your life does matter to your body. A University of Wisconsin study found that of 30,000 individuals with perceived high stress had a 43 percent increased risk of an early demise – but only if they viewed their stress as negative.
Dr. Jeremy Jamieson, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Rochester,
New York, divided subjects into two groups. One group was instructed to “reinterpret bodily signals as beneficial” while the other group was not given this information. Group One, the group prepped beforehand with the instruction, performed better and had less social anxiety. According to Dr. Jamieson, rethinking how we perceive stress dramatically alters how effectively we cope with “stressful situations and major life transitions”. Positive thinking skills means that you are better able to handle the everyday stresses of life in a more constructive way.
What are the physical benefits of a positive outlook on life? Experts at the Mayo Clinic have found that the benefits of maintaining this “life-positive” view translates into lower rates of depression, greater resistance to the common cold and a reduced risk of death from heart disease.
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