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Optimism Makes You Live Longer

Did you know women live longer than men?

When you think about it this makes sense.

We work more dangerous jobs…

Take more risks…

Bury our stress and problems 6 feet under the ground…

And have to dragged kicking and screaming to see a doctor. 

But a new study published by the American Geriatrics Society found there’s something deeper at play.

The study revealed that higher levels of optimism is associated with longer lifespans in women. [R] 

Now, some men may scoff at this and say it’s easy for women to be optimistic.

They have it easier in life, right?

As men, we sometimes feel like we carry our families and communities on our backs.

I know men who continue to provide for their tribe, even when it feels like a thankless job.

But here’s the thing:

This should make us more optimistic.

Not less.

Optimism means seeing the opportunity in every situation…

If this scares you, it’s probably because you fear failure.

You fear the pain of “getting your hopes up” and being disappointed.

Right?

The truth is, optimism doesn’t work that way.

Optimism is what carries you through disappointment.

Try to be more of an optimist.

You’ll live longer because of it.


“Optimists win in the long-run because their miscalculation of how long it will take or how likely it is to succeed motivates them to give it a try.If you knew how hard it would be and how long it would take in the beginning then you might not try in the first place. You can’t guarantee success, but you can guarantee failure: never try.” – James Clear, Author New York Time’s Best Seller “Atomic Habits”

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