Is it possible that your health depends on your level of optimism?
Yes, it is!
How optimistic you are determines how healthy you are.
We’ve known for many decades that you can’t separate your health from your emotions. You’ve often heard about the mind–body connection, and studies support the idea that a positive perspective can help you to live a longer and healthier life.
I understand that not everyone believes in the power of positive thinking.
Can you do something about your level of optimism?
Can you improve your level of satisfaction with life? I’m sure you can.
It’s proven fact that a positive attitude can improve your satisfaction with life. If you are not feeling very optimistic, you can do something to change that.
Even if you’ve heard all this before, it’s important to be reminded of how your emotions can negatively affect your health. Are you paying attention to the reality of your own life?
What’s really going on in your life now? How do you perceive your reality? Are you an optimist or a pessimist, fearful or peaceful, angry, or unsatisfied with your present situation?
Let me remind you why it’s so important to be an optimist…to be positive, and to be ready to cope with life’s unpredictability. Not because someone told you to be that way, but because by doing so, you’ll live a longer and happier life. There’s one condition: You need to accept that your health depends on your level of optimism, beliefs, expectations, and happiness. You need to trust yourself, the universe, and your higher power. That’s all you need to do to live the life of your dreams. You can do it…I know you can.
Many studies have confirmed the link between optimism and health. Studies have found that those with a higher level of satisfaction had a reduced risk for diseases.
Is optimism the only road to good health?
It’s a good start, but you also need a healthy food, exercise, stress reduction, and spirituality, just to mention a few of the most important factors that affect our health.
What about negative emotions like grief, sadness, anger, depression, or anxiety?
If optimism and happiness can boost your health, negative emotions will definitely worsen your mental and physical health.
I’ll be honest with you: People suffer deadly cardiac events following grief or sadness. Unfortunately, losing a significant person in your life raises your risk of having heart problems. Episodes of emotional blows, like verbal fights, disagreements, or anger, may provoke the same result.
Pay attention to how you converse with others. Are you too angry, too emotional, or maybe too excited? Whenever you are in one of these highly agitated states, your adrenaline increases your blood pressure and your heart rate. It may lead to a narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to your heart—and if your heart doesn’t get enough blood, your brain also suffers. The result could be a heart attack or a stroke.
My question for you is this: If you already know all these facts, are you applying them to your life? What have you done to improve your satisfaction in life? If you haven’t done anything so far, why haven’t you?
Jahiel Yasha Kamhi is a motivational and popular science freelance writer holding a degree, specialist in medical biochemistry, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He is passionate about writing articles that helping people live more empowered life, with knowledge, passion and purpose. Jahiel is contributing writer to many magazines. He also delivers presentations that inspire others to find more meaning and balance in their lives. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. This article cannot be re-published without permission.