Being pessimistic can be more than just an emotional drain on yourself and those around you - pessimism has been linked to a higher risk of dying before age 65. The good news is that expressing positive emotions such as optimism is associated with a variety of health benefits: lowered production of the stress hormone cortisol, better immune function and reduced risk of chronic diseases. If you are stressed-out or anxious, which can be either a cause or an effect of a pessimistic outlook, try the following:
- Take care of yourself by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting adequate sleep.
- Express your emotional reactions honestly so you can effectively deal with what's bothering you.
- Confide in someone - your mate, a good friend or a trusted relative.
- View the cup as half full instead of half empty.
You can also benefit from positivity in the form of laughing, celebrating friends and family, learning to forgive and more!