Thinking Positive & Mortality

Seems like perception is everything now-a-days.  “See it, achieve it”. With popular books like The Secret, people are starting follow, “put your thoughts into the Universe and the Universe will respond.” A genie in the bottle I guess?  It seems simple enough, but does it work.  Does thinking positive make you a more positive person, or have more favorable life experiences? I would like to believe so, and the American Psychological Association may have just provided some evidence that it does work. Well, at least for health reasons, maybe not by magically depositing One Million Dollars in my bank account.

The Journal Health Psychology published a study on how healthy you THINK you are affects your risk of death more than how healthy you ACTUALLY may be.  The study looked at 61,000 individuals from diverse backgrounds with an huge spectrum of data from demographics, gender, physical activity, stress, extracurricular activity and much more. They even tracked individuals over the 21 year long study to see who died.

Researchers found that when individuals thought they were LESS healthy than their peers that it was associated with significantly higher risk of death! When subjects thought they were MORE healthy than their peers that was associated with a significantly less risk of death.  Pretty crazy right?!

What can we take from this?  I myself feel better when I think positive or hear positive feedback from my doctor or others around me.  Positive feedback motivates me to be more active. Being active creates a healthier lifestyle.  If I was less active I would be stressed. Stress, as we all know, can lead to poor health and disease. So if my doctor or friends are pointing out my wrong doings or if I put on a few pounds, then that would cause me to stress (that’s if I didn’t change my ways).

Let us not throw the running shoes in the closet for good and believe thinking positive is the only exercise you need. THINK POSITIVE, TRAIN OFTEN AND ALWAYS EAT WHAT THE EARTH PROVIDES!




Perceived Physical Activity and Mortality: Evidence from Three Nationally Representative US SamplesHealth Psychology, July 2017.