Optimism extended women’s livesИюль 3, 2022
Harvard University found a link between optimism and life expectancy in women
Harvard University researchers found that more optimistic women live, on average, 54 percent longer, or more than four years longer, than their more pessimistic peers. A cheerful outlook on life also increases the chances of living to 90 by ten percent. At the same time, the average life expectancy in the United States is just under 80 years. It is reported by the Daily Mail.
The researchers collected data on nearly 160,000 postmenopausal women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative from 1993 to 1998. Participants were followed for 26 years or as long as they were alive during that time and assessed for their overall level of optimism. The quarter of women who were most optimistic had a longer life expectancy.
While the exact mechanism behind why optimism prolongs life remains unknown, many experts believe it may be due to improved heart health as a result of less stress and anxiety. On the other hand, people who are prone to anxiety and worry are at an increased risk of chronic heart disease.