In support of Bobby McFerrin’s theory above, Dr. Hillary Tindle of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and her colleagues analyzed information collected from 97,000+ women involved in the Women’s Health Initiative study. (None of these women had either heart disease or cancer prior to the study).
Tindle and her group took 50 to 74 year olds from the study and had them answer questionnaires about their attitudes at the beginning of the trial. What they found was, optimists expected good things to happen and cynical subjects were extremely mistrustful of other people, according to survey definitions.
Not surprisingly, after eight years, optimistic women had a 14 percent lower risk of dying from any cause than their pessimistic counterparts, according to research Tindle presented last week. Women who scored high on cynical hostility had a 16 percent higher risk of death than their counterparts. Optimists had a 44 percent lower risk of cancer-related death and cynically hostile women had a 142 percent higher risk of cancer death.
I hope you choose to believe this study. Cynicism could be hazardous to your health.
Source Articles: Trust Me, The Glass Is Half Full – Boston.com