A good mood attitude will help you live a longer, stronger, happier life.
Sometimes it can be hard to look on the bright side of life—and those are the times when it might be most important to do so.
A recent research paper published online in September 2013 in a journal of the American Heart Association shows that even for people dealing with heart disease—the number one killer of adults in this country—a positive outlook means living longer and stronger, or as we say, living younger.
The study, which looked at 607 patients in a hospital in Denmark, found that patients whose moods were overall more positive were 58 percent more likely to live at least another five years. These people exercised more, too. The scientists can’t say for sure if positivity led to exercise or if exercise improved mood, but we say that the important message is the same either way: Positive thinking and regular physical activity are really important for life (and beauty, too).
One of the reasons we love this study so much is that we’ve been saying this the whole time! Having the right attitude is even more important for your body than daily sunscreen and a weekend spa getaway, every other week—yes, that important. Humor improves immune cell function, helps you ward off illness and decreases your chances of cancer—and apparently also increases your chance of living after heart disease hits. Not bad! (We’d rather you change your exercise, food and stress management programs now so heart disease is unlikely in the first place).