Accentuate the positive


By thinking positively, you are not only improving your outlook on life, but also your physical health.

Research has shown that your mental and emotional health improves with age through a bigger focus on positivity. Psychologist Laura Carstensen calls this ‘socioemotional selectivity theory’. People growing older become more selective in their emotions and prioritise meaningful things that bring them joy.

Through having these optimistic thoughts, the mind affects the body.

In a separate study of 400 hip-fracture patients ages 65 and older, those with high positive emotional wellbeing showed better walking and faster recovery after their treatment. By focusing on the joys of life, our physical and mental health will improve.


Accentuate the positive. Positive ageing. - Olderwegrow


Fredman L, H.W.G., Black S Bertrand Rm, Magaziner J,, Elderly patients with hip fracture with positive affect have better functional recovery over 2 years

How to Age Positively, Guy Robertson Myth Three, Physical illness is completely Beyond people’s control pg 25-27

Carstensen, L., Evidence for a life span theory of socioemotional selectivity. Current Directions in Psychological Science 1995. 4(5) p.151-156