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.