Are you a glass half-full or glass half-empty kind of person? As it turns out, the way you approach your life not only affects your quality of life but also your life expectancy.
Researchers are beginning to identify a connection between our minds and bodies, specifically how our disposition affects our health. In 2002, Mayo Clinic researchers found that over the course of a 30-year study, which was published in "Mayo Clinic Proceedings," pessimistic patients increased their risk of death by 19 percent when compared to their expected life span.
What's unclear is how optimism causes a longer life. Researchers think that optimists may be more likely to eat well, exercise and seek medical help as needed. If looking at the glass as half-full means adding a few years to your life, what's stopping you from appreciating family, friends and all that comes your way? Nothing.
Did You Know?
Bringing a pet into your life can increase your life expectancy. A study by the Minnesota Stroke Institute found that owning a cat reduced a person's risk of suffering a heart attack by 30 percent.