Optimism, or looking on the bright side, is good for your health. New research shows the power of positive thinking.
“Optimism is associated with a slower buildup of the plaque in your arteries that can lead to a stroke,” said Eric Kim, the lead author of the study from the University of Michigan. The study learned that the more positive people were, the lower their chances were of suffering from a stroke.
Being positive can also lead to people making better decisions, which can help in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.
“Negative emotions can lead to tunnel vision, whereas people who smile tend to be better at flexible, ‘big picture’ thinking,” said Kareem Johnson, Ph.D, the lead researcher in a study on optimism from Temple University in Philadelphia.