Cheer Up

Being cheerful keeps you healthy.
                 —Proverbs 17:22

In an analysis of 229,391 participants, cardiologist Dr. Alan Rozanski and colleagues found that optimists were much less likely to have a heart attack than pessimists—and had a lower mortality rate from any cause.

Health columnist Jane Brody suggests assessing your level of optimism based on how strongly you agree with these statements:

  • In uncertain times, I usually expect the best.
  • I’m always optimistic about my future.
  • Overall, I expect more good things to happen to me than bad.

She suggests assessing your degree of pessimism by how you identify with these statements:

  • I hardly ever expect things to go my way.
  • I rarely count on good things happening to me.
  • If something can go wrong for me, it will.

“Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time” (Prv 17:22).

Optimism is contagious. Be a carrier.

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