Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 03:07:17 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Optimistic outlook may help you live longer

The study found that women who were optimistic had a significantly reduced risk of dying from several major causes of death

The study found that women who were optimistic had a significantly reduced risk of dying from several major causes of death
photo by

By
16th-Dec-2016       Readers ( 82 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

Weekend Plus Desk :
Having an optimistic outlook on life - a general expectation that good things will happen - may help people live longer, according to a new Harvard study. The study found that women who were optimistic had a significantly reduced risk of dying from several major causes of death - including cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection - over an eight-year period, compared with women who were less optimistic.
“While most medical and public health efforts today focus on reducing risk factors for diseases, evidence has been mounting that enhancing psychological resilience may also make a difference,” said Eric Kim, research fellow at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in the US.
“Our new findings suggest that we should make efforts to boost optimism, which has been shown to be associated with healthier behaviours and healthier ways of coping with life challenges,” said Kim.
The study also found that healthy behaviours only partially explain the link between optimism and reduced mortality risk.
One other possibility is that higher optimism directly impacts our biological systems, Kim said.
The study analysed data from 2004 to 2012 from 70,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study, a long-running study tracking women’s health via surveys every two years.
They looked at participants’ levels of optimism and other factors that might play a role in how optimism may affect mortality risk, such as race, high blood pressure, diet, and physical activity.
The most optimistic women had a nearly 30 per cent lower risk of dying from any of the diseases analysed in the study compared with the least optimistic, the study found.
The most optimistic women had a 16 per cent lower risk of dying from cancer; 38 per cent lower risk of dying from heart disease; 39 per cent lower risk of dying from stroke; 38 per cent lower risk of dying from respiratory disease; and 52 per cent lower risk of dying from infection, it found.
While other studies have linked optimism with reduced risk of early death from cardiovascular problems, this was the first to find a link between optimism and reduced risk from other major causes.
“Previous studies have shown that optimism can be altered with relatively uncomplicated and low-cost interventions - even something as simple as having people write down and think about the best possible outcomes for various areas of their lives, such as careers or friendships,” said postdoctoral research fellow Kaitlin Hagan.
“Encouraging use of these interventions could be an innovative way to enhance health in the future,” said Hagan.
The study appears in the American Journal of Epidemiology. n

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Too profligate and too wasteful a govt is too much of a burden


BANGLADESH Economic Association (BEA) has suggested, more reasonably that the government should more rely on income tax instead of entirely focusing on Value Added Tax (VAT) which the Finance Minister has vowed to fix at 15 percent from July 1 under the new VAT Law. The government has been realizing ...

Sports »

Kevin Kisner kisses the championship trophy after winning the Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tournament at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday.


City »

DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah speaking at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club on Monday marking World Tobacco Free Day.


Entertainment »

Orsha, Nawsheen under Selim`s direction


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :It is really difficult to identify Shahiduzzaman Selim while first looking in role of Bonduk Habib in the shooting spot. It was really tough to identify on the spot with that make-up. To act in that role, Selim took that type of get-up. He has taken this ...

Entertainment »

The Square wins the Palme d’Or, Sofia Coppola becomes second woman ever to win Best Director prize


Entertainment Desk :After being snubbed by the Academy in 2015 when his lauded (and Un Certain Regard-winning) Force Majeure did not make the nominees list in the Foreign Language Oscar category, Ruben Ostlund just walked away with the Cannes Film Festival's highest honor. His The Square, an art world satire ...

International »

Following Trump`s trip, Merkel says Europe can`t rely on US anymore


The Washington Post :German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe "really must take our fate into our own hands."It was the toughest review yet of Trump's trip to Europe, which inflamed tensions rather ...

International »

Macron hosts Putin in latest diplomatic test


AFP, Paris :France's new President Emmanuel Macron was to host Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday in the latest test of his diplomatic mettle after vowing firm stands on Ukraine and Syria."It is essential to talk to Russia because there are many international issues that will not be resolved without ...

Editorial »

Transparency over WASA project


THE Asian Development Bank is reportedly bringing pressure on the government to award two contracts to a bidder without competitive bidding to supply 500 million litres of treated water to Dhaka Water Supply Authority (WASA) from River Meghna, as per a New Age report on Sunday. But what is noticeable ...

Football »

Wenger collects record 7th FA Cup unclear on Arsenal future


AP, London :Removing the record seventh FA Cup winner's medal from his pocket, Arsene Wenger was gratified and yet apprehensive."For once I have kept my medal," said the Arsenal manager, who usually gives them away to staff members. "So that means it's a special night for me."And maybe his last ...

Entertainment »

Ariana Grande will return to Manchester for fundraising concert


Undeterred by the severe terror threat and the traumatic attack after her concert, Ariana Grande is all set to return to Manchester. The 23-year-old-singer promised her fans that she will return to Manchester to have a benefit concert to raise money for the victims and their family. The Side to ...

City »

BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia along with others offering Munajat at an Iftar Mahfil organised for Ulema-Mashaekh and orphans at the Ladies Club in the city on Sunday, the first day of holy Ramzan.


International »

Trump ends nine-day overseas trip with a flourish as trouble looms at home


Reuters, Washington :With trouble facing him back home, US President Donald Trump ended his nine-day overseas journey in dramatic fashion on Saturday, addressing US troops at a campaign-style rally.Trump flipped traditional US foreign policy upside down on his tour through the Middle East and Europe, coddling Middle Eastern leaders with ...

International »

May's Conservatives maintain 14-point lead over Labour: Poll


Reuters, London :British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party has a 14 percentage point lead over the main opposition Labour Party ahead of a June 8 election, according to an ICM opinion poll published in the Sun newspaper on Sunday.The poll put the Conservatives on 46 percent and Labour on ...

Editorial »

Holy Ramzan is not for greedy business


THE Holy month of Ramzan starts from today with a surge in the pieces of essentials in the kitchen market to a new height. The government leaders said the market has enough supply and it is true because traders have imported essentials in huge quantity in the past months anticipating ...

Back Page »

Holy Ramzanul Mubarak


Abdul Muqit Chowdhury :Holy Ramzan, the ninth month of the  Arabic year and the best period for virtuous deeds, starts today with great inspiration and religious fervour. This month is unique, to have Revelation of the Holy Quran-the universal and eternal message for guidance of mankind. The Muslims are fortunate ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news