Your Health: Feb. 21, 2000


PANGLOSS POWER Here's something to really smile about. A 30-year study shows that folks with a positive perspective live 19% longer than pessimists. How this might work is not clear, but it may be that an optimistic attitude somehow strengthens the immune system or simply inspires people to take better care of themselves. In the study, the optimists were happy to credit themselves when things went right, and they tended to view crises as fleeting. Pessimists, on the other hand, were chronic self-blamers. Most of us are, no doubt, a bit of both.

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