Positivity for better health

Research suggests that happiness and optimism influence positive life outcomes as much as it is a byproduct.

In a study, enthusiastic, cheerful people experienced less memory decline with age. A positive outlook boosts immune responses while reducing the likelihood of heart attacks or other coronary problems.

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Positivity correlates with better health

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Being around happy, enthusiastic people makes us happier and more enthusiastic ourselves, leading to less stress and increased energy.

Rather than asking how we can get happier, we should ask how we can make people around us happy. Positive changes in your life will have a ripple effect on others.

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If emotions are contagious, so are positive social connections.

Researchers found that social relationships, social support, and social acceptance helped develop positive self-esteem throughout people's lives. A positive feedback loop accumulates over time.

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Research shows that people typically use language to inject a positivity bias. They also found that people generally use more happy words than sad words.

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We should not ignore life's difficulties or even view every rain cloud as a cotton-candy-laced fantasy. Without realism, positivity can become dangerous to our well-being.

One study found that participants who set realistic expectations had higher well-being than those who set unrealistic expectations based on overly positive attitudes. Being realistic about your future can bring a sense of well-being.

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