Positive thinking and a general sense of optimism is essential for stress management and can even improve your health. Researchers have since 2000 concluded the following about the impact of optimism on health:
1. There is a nexus between a more optimistic outlook and a lowered risk of heart disease in older men (Harvard, 2001)
2. Optimistic women have less thickening of the carotid artery walls (University of Pittsburgh)
3. A positive mental outlook is associated with reduced evidence of coronary heart disease and total mortality in postmenopausal women (Women's Health Initiative Study, 2009)
Conversely, research at the Mayo Clinic has shown that having a pessimistic view can increase the risk of mortality in patients by as much as 19%.
So have what's known as a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). Have a "glass half full" mentality, deal with what comes your way, and face challenges head on with an optimistic and upbeat approach. You will not only more effectively be able to deal with the situation in the present but your future will be brighter (and longer).