Optimism Promotes Health

In these testing Covid times, let's cultivate an all-time optimistic approach. This would go a long way in maintaining the immunity levels of the society as a whole. Not only this optimism should be a part of our lifestyle, but it should also be an accessory that we should never shun.

According to studies conducted by researchers from Europe and the USA, it has been found that people have recovered from surgery and are able to cope with diseases with their positive outlook or in other words, optimism. Not only this, studies also indicate that optimism leads to lower rate of death and overall better health.

There are two popular ways of measuring optimism. One is the explanatory approach and the other is dispositional optimism. Through an explanatory approach how an individual explains any good or bad news is measured. Either verbatim explanation method, content analysis or attributional style questionnaires are used to identify the scale in which an individual falls. An optimistic individual will never blame oneself for any bad news or would generally see the positive side of any news event.

Researchers have been using Life Orientation test which is a 12-item test to measure the scale of dispositional optimism. The generalized view of the individual is taken to understand how positive is his outlook in various spectrums of life. 

Studies have shed light upon the fact that optimism helps in specific life conditions like if one is suffering from cardiac ailments, blood pressure issues etc., then it has been found that those who are pessimists have a three times higher risk of bypass operations, repeat angioplasties or are more likely to have heart attacks. Not only this, pessimistic individuals are three times more likely to develop hypertension. People with positive outlook have been found to have lower blood pressures than those with negative outlooks. 

In the year 2006 a study explored the interrelation between viral infections and emotions. 193 healthy individuals who volunteered for this study were evaluated. They were induced with a common respiratory virus. It was found that those who were optimistic showed less likeliness to develop this virus in their bodies leading to respiratory ailments compared to their pessimistic counterparts. In these times of Covid we can take a cue from here and try to maintain our positive outlook. Probably, it would help us from keeping the corona virus at bay. Let’s all cultivate optimism for ourselves, our families and our society.

Tags : #medicircle #editorspick #optimism #health #optimismandhealth #cultivateoptimism

About the Author

Amrita Priya

The love for life-long learning brings me to this platform. There can be nothing better than learning from the experts when; it comes to; the domain of wellness and health-care. I am a writer who has loved exploring different mediums for the past two decades, be it the expression of ideas through books, magazine columns, newspaper articles, or digital content. This project is yet another satisfying avenue that keeps me hooked to the art of disseminating valuable information and in, this process enhancing the lives of fellow human beings and myself. You can write to me at [email protected]

Related Stories

Loading Please wait...

Trending Now

Dr. Rohan Palshetkar shares his invaluable insights about the Maternal Mortality Rate causes and improvements in India April 29, 2021
It is important to adopt a non-judgmental attitude towards any teenage girl seeking contraceptive advise suggests Dr. Teena Trivedi, Obstetrician and GynecologistApril 16, 2021
80% of the diseases are psychosomatic which means they have roots in the mind and this is where homeopathy steps in - It resolves physical ailments by finding the cause in the mind – Dr. Sanket Dhuri, Consultant Homeopath April 14, 2021
A futuristic Vision of a Healthcare Entrepreneur: Shyatto Raha, CEO, and Founder of MyHealthcareApril 12, 2021
Saher Mehdi, Founder and Chief Scientist at wellOwise talks about aspects making healthcare more equitable and reachableApril 10, 2021
Wide variety of therapies to address autism in children explained by Dr. Shilpa Jasubhai, Clinical PsychologistApril 09, 2021
Allopathic and Homeopathic medicines should not be taken together says Dr. Sunil Mehra, Homeopath ConsultantApril 08, 2021
The charm of homeopathic medicine is that it can be taken with conventional medicines – Dr. Shruthi Shridhar, Consulting Homeopath April 08, 2021
Dissociative Identity Disorder and associated concepts explained by Dr. Vinod Kumar, Psychiatrist and Head of Mpower - The Centre (Bangalore) April 07, 2021
Dissociative Identity Disorder explained by Dr. Shilpa Jasubhai, Clinical PsychologistApril 05, 2021
Sehat Ki Baat, Karishma Ke Saath- Episode 6 Healthy Diet For Boosting Metabolism Which Can Help Thyroid Patients April 03, 2021
Significant Pointers on Kidney Health by Dr. Santosh Waigankar, Consultant Urooncologist and Robotic Surgeon at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani HospitalApril 01, 2021
Dr. Vaishal Kenia, Ophthalmologist Talks About the Different Possibilities Available for the Treatment of Glaucoma Depending Upon Their Type and SeverityMarch 30, 2021
No Definitive Role of Diet in Treatment of Lymphedema but Intake of Calories, Salt and Long Chain Fatty Acids should be controlled says Dr. Ramani CVMarch 30, 2021
Dr. Kiran Chandra Patro, Senior Nephrologist Talks About Dialysis as the Temporary Process and Not a Permanent Cure for the Patients of Renal DysfunctionMarch 30, 2021
Two out of three new chronic kidney disease patients are found to have diabetes or hypertension informs Dr. Sreeharsha HarinathaMarch 30, 2021
Glaucoma Treatment: Medications or Surgery? A valuable piece of advice from Dr. Pranay Kapdia, Chairman and Medical Director of Kapadia Eye CareMarch 25, 2021
Dr. Shraddha Satav, Consultant Ophthalmologist Recommends that Everybody After 40, Should Go for the Complete Eye Checkup at Regular IntervalMarch 25, 2021
Childhood Obesity is not a Disease but a Condition which can be very well ManagedMarch 19, 2021
World Sleep Day - 19 th March 2021- Know More About Healthy Sleep As Per The Guidelines by The World Sleep Society March 19, 2021