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Optimists Have The Edge To Longer Life


Yesterday, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh presented their findings suggesting optimists have the edge to longer life. Their study was presented at the American Psychosomatic Society's annual meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Hilary Tindle and fellow researchers followed almost 100,000 women for the past fifteen years. All the women were 50 years or older at the beginning of the study in 1994. They defined optimistic women as those who expect good rather than bad things to happen.

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The study found that optimistic women were less likely to have hypertension, diabetes, or smoke cigarettes. Optimistic women were noted to be 14% less likely to die from any cause than pessimistic women. Optimistic women were 30% less likely to die from heart disease

The study noted pessimistic women were 23% more likely to die of cancer than optimistic women.

American Psychosomatic Society