Researchers say positive thinkers live longer than negative thinkers. The researchers looked at data on 70,000 nurses. They found that more people who thought positively lived to be 85. People who thought negatively were 11-15 per cent less likely to be 85. Researchers say positive thinkers manage stress better.
Researchers looked at people's diets, exercise, how much they smoked and drank, and levels of optimism. A professor said more positive thinking may help people to live longer. Her advice for pessimists was to, "imagine a future in which everything has turned out well". She said it was healthier to look on the bright side of life.