Happy people get sick much less frequently.

Feb­ru­ary 06, 2017, 18:05

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Amer­i­can sci­en­tists have proven that hap­py opti­mists are much less like­ly to suf­fer from res­pi­ra­to­ry dis­eases and flu than those who are always dis­sat­is­fied with life or are ner­vous over tri­fles.

The team of Pro­fes­sor Shel­don Cohen con­duct­ed an exper­i­ment designed to estab­lish how the atti­tude towards life affects the body’s resis­tance. The sci­en­tists fol­lowed a group of vol­un­teers for sev­er­al weeks, mea­sur­ing their lev­els of opti­mism and fre­quen­cy of mood swings. When the aver­age “lev­el of hap­pi­ness” of each of the sub­jects was clar­i­fied, they tried to infect them with the influen­za virus or the rhi­novirus. It turned out that nat­ur­al opti­mism is indeed able to act as an addi­tion­al immune defense of the body.

In anoth­er study, sub­jects were asked to watch sev­er­al pos­i­tive and fun­ny videos. Exam­in­ing the par­tic­i­pants in the exper­i­ment, sci­en­tists were sur­prised to find out that even the very antic­i­pa­tion of future fun has a pos­i­tive effect on human health. So, a few days (!) Before the show, peo­ple’s indi­ca­tors of depres­sion and fatigue decreased. And by the end of the show, depres­sion and fatigue scores were down 98% and 87%, respec­tive­ly.

Thus, sci­en­tists have found that peo­ple who are in a good mood, get sick much less often than invet­er­ate pes­simists, and have a strong immune sys­tem.

Opti­mists are less like­ly to turn to doc­tors and pills for help, and with sur­gi­cal inter­ven­tions, hap­py and sat­is­fied patients recov­er faster, and they expe­ri­ence com­pli­ca­tions much less often.

The sci­en­tists’ con­clu­sions are over­shad­owed by the fact that it is impos­si­ble to become an opti­mist, as if by mag­ic. But you can learn to be an opti­mist — every­one can acquire a pos­i­tive out­look on life.

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