As if the negativity that occupies the mind of a pessimist wasn’t already enough, this new study is for sure going to add fuel to this fire. As it turns out optimists have a longer life span as compared to the ones who lead their life confined in the cage of negativity, fears, and pessimism.
A survey combining the data of about 3000+ people recently revealed that the amount of gloom ridden attitude that one has towards life or thingsis directly proportional to many troubling aspects of their lives. Including small and big diseases such as cancers, heart ailments, and other severe terminal illnesses. The team of researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute of Brisbane in Australia figured that there might not be a very strong connection between life expectancy and optimism. But with pessimism, the case is completely different.
Dr. John Whitfield, the lead researcher long with his team declared that they observed that somehow the pessimists figured ways to kill themselves much earlier than optimists. And mind you we are not talking about suicides. The largest reason for their deaths remains cardiovascular disorders. On the contrary, the scores and results of the optimists did not reveal any significant levels of reliance on any of the life expectancy sides, neither positive nor negative.
Only a population of less than nine percent was identified to be pessimists, with the chosen sample having no significant gender differences between both optimists and pessimists. Another important discovery that the team made was that levels of optimism and pessimism, both increased with age. And maybe that is why some grandpas and grandmas are way cooler than the others who are top-notch grumpy. Whitfield added that mood disorders such as depression did not really play a pivotal role in determining the life expectancy differences between optimists or pessimists.
As per the press declaration of the research institute the data that they accumulated was based on a wider questionnaire. The questionnaire surveyed the health conditions of the people over the age of 50, in between the years 1993 to 1995, in Australia. Participants either had to agree or disagree with a series of numerous ‘I’ statements. These details were then corresponded with the Australian National Death Index of the year 2017 where they saw that more than 1000 people sharing pessimistic scores had died in that year.
Although these findings only partially correlate to the earlier findings in the field of pessimism and optimism along with the rate of mortality, Dr. Whitfield went onto explain that these in fact, are not opposite (well not exactly, at least). His team used the two scales from the earlier studies and explained how their team carefully drew their presented conclusions. With this, they also declared that bad results for pessimists do not mean that optimists will have a greater than the normal life expectancy.
This confirmed that the two just appear to be exact opposites, but are not. And of course, it is not the disease that causes positive or negative thoughts because there are plenty of examples who lead their life with joy despite the oddities of life. The doctor and his team hope that this study would motivate people to change their perspectives towards life.
Let’s hope for the best. Fingers Crossed!