Positive Thinking Prevents Strokes
It is a wide known fact that thinking in a positive manner helps people cope better with stressful situations and it also helps them overcome anything bad that may happen in their lives.
Previous studies have suggested that positive thinking can also lead to growing up to become a happy old adult, but the most recent study made on this particular issue seems to suggest that positive thinking can also decrease a person’s risks of getting a stroke. Optimism should be a very important part of our lives and it should not be only about putting a smile on our faces, but rather, it should be used to overcome difficult situations. The researchers involved in this new study recruited more than 6,000 older adults and asked them to rate their optimism levels from a scale from 1 to 16. According to the researchers, the higher people rated their optimism levels, the lower were their risks of getting a stroke, over a period of 20 years.
“Our work suggests that people who expect the best things in life actively take steps to promote health,” said the lead researcher of the study, Eric Kim from the University of Michigan. Optimism helps people expect more good things to happen to them rather than negative ones and that accounts for much aspects of our overall health. Moreover, previous studies have also shown that positive thinking also increased people’s rates of having a healthier life in what concerns issues such as their immune system and heart problems. However, this is the first study to suggest that there is a strong link between being an optimist and having low chances of getting a stroke.
What the researchers did was to analyze some data they got from the Health and Retirement Study, which happened between 2006 and 2008, and what the researchers observed was that at the beginning of the study, all the participants were stroke-free. After ruling out things such as sociodemographic, behavioral, biological and psychological conditions and chronic illnesses, the researchers got to the conclusion that in time, people who were more optimistic had lower chances of suffering stroke, in comparison to those people who could only see the empty half of the glass. Furthermore, the researchers also talked about how an optimist person may make better choices when it comes to his or her vitamin intake, exercising and having a healthy diet. Still, there are still some people who think that positive thinking oly results in some positive biological changes; that optimism has nothing much to do with anything else but this.11